October 23, 2018
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Bossov Ballet gifts ‘Nutcracker’ to Maine Care Centers and beyond

Community Author: Elizabeth Audet
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Elizabeth Audet | BDN
Elizabeth Audet | BDN

Santa’s sleigh won’t be the only service delivering gifts around the world this year. When Bossov Ballet Theatre at MCI performs The Nutcracker on December 15th through 17th at the Waterville Opera House in Waterville, it will partner with Digital Workshop to not only stream this Central Maine Holiday classic across the globe, but also into hospitals, assisted living, and residential care centers throughout the state.

In addition to its loyal supporters throughout Central Maine, BBT has always had a strong connection with the international community through its traditions, directors, faculty, students and dancers, some of whom have gone on to work in companies overseas. This year, for instance, BBT will host guest artists from Mexico City and Spain. Many of its students come here to train from all corners, most recently, Russia, Mexico, Poland, Canada, and Japan. The opportunity for the troupe’s international followers to view the performance across the country and overseas is a welcome development.

According to Natalya Getman, Artistic Director of BBT, this is exactly the type of opportunity for cross-cultural conversation that brings positive artistic results. “While my production is grounded in the Nutcracker I grew to love in Russia, my inspiration comes from my students here in Maine: their energy, their spirit drives the choreography I create on them to produce something stronger, faster, more impulsive.” Getman feels this is what the U.S. provides to artists the world over – a creative melting pot, where art can take the best of tradition, and continually adapt it for a new time and place.

In addition to their international followers, the Bossov dancers and Digital Workshop are also thrilled that the live streaming opportunity will allow them to bring this favorite holiday tradition to people who may find it difficult to attend a live performance in person, including residents at Westgate Center for Rehabilitation & Alzheimer’s Care in Bangor, Woodlawn Rehabilitation & Nursing Center in Skowhegan, and patients at Pen Bay Medical Center and Waldo County General Hospital this season. Jamie Geretz, Regional Development Officer at Pen Bay Waldo Healthcare Foundation, says, “Hopefully our patients will find this entertainment joyful, and it will put them in the holiday spirit while in the hospital during this time of the year.” And this is exactly what Getman hopes to accomplish: “Good art is for everybody. It should touch all our lives, lift our spirits, and make us see life from a new perspective. This is our holiday gift, direct from our hearts to the people of Maine and beyond.”

BBT Performances will take place on Friday, December 15th at 7:00 p.m., Saturday, December 16th at 2:00 p.m. and 7:00 p.m., and Sunday, December 17th at 2:00 p.m. at the Waterville Opera House on One  Common Street, Waterville, Maine. Tickets are $22 per adult and $18 per youth / senior.  There is also a special family pack (2 adults, 2 youths) for $65.  Tickets are available at www.operahouse.org or by calling 207-873-7000.

Led by Artistic Director Natalya Getman, Bossov Ballet Theatre at Maine Central Institute is New England’s premier Russian ballet academy. The program offers students a unique opportunity to study classical ballet as part of the academic curriculum, allowing them to earn full academic credit for ballet training. Students who complete the program are uniquely positioned either to matriculate to an outstanding college or join a professional ballet company. For more information about Bossov Ballet Theatre, please visit www.mci-school.org/ballet.

Digital Workshop in Bangor is a video production company started in 1998 by Kim Mitchell. Specializing in capturing and live streaming live events such as high school and college sports, graduations, weddings and dance recitals, Digital Workshop has delivered top quality video productions to thousands. For more information, please visit www.maineprovideo.com.