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A Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre presentation of The Nutcracker
The Luckman Theater, Cal State LA
Los Angeles, CA
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A Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre presentation of The Nutcracker
The Nutcracker Ballet

A Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre presentation

Marching toy soldiers, waltzing snowflakes, mischievous mice, and Tchaikovsky's unforgettable score are quintessential hallmarks of the holidays. Celebrate the season with Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre's presentation of The Nutcracker, a holiday ballet for the whole family. Featuring dancers of all ages, The Nutcracker tells the story of young Masha, who receives a gift of a wooden nutcracker doll at her parents' Christmas party. That night, she dreams her Nutcracker comes to life and together they battle the wicked Mouse King and journey through an enchanted forest of snow to reach the Kingdom of Sweets, where the Sugar Plum Fairy and all her sweet subjects await them.

Special Guest Star Gala Performances

On Saturday evening, December 14th, and Sunday afternoon, December 15th, the role of Sugar Plum will be performed by internationally acclaimed artist Maria Kochetkova and Prince will be performed by world-renowned artist Vitor Luiz.

Maria Kochetkova is a full-time guest artist at ballet companies around the world. A former Principal with San Francisco Ballet, Maria left there in 2018 after 11 years with the company. Born in Moscow, Russia, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi School in Moscow and danced with The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet, and as a guest artist with Tokyo Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, and Mikhailovsky Theater in St. Petersburg before joining San Francisco Ballet as a principal dancer in 2007.  Kochetkova's honors include gold medals at the International Ballet Competitions in Korea and Italy in 2005; a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition of Luxembourg in 2003; a silver medal and the jury prize at the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2002; a silver medal at the Prix de Lausanne that same year; and a bronze medal at Moscow International Competition in 2001. In 2013, Kochetkova was appointed Herbert Family Principal Dancer.  

Vitor Luiz is a full time guest artist at international ballet companies. Most recently he was Principal with San Francisco Ballet for 10 years. During his time at San Francisco Ballet, he danced major roles in classical and contemporary ballet, while also performing as a regular guest artist with English National Ballet, and many other esteemed companies, galas, and productions around the world. Born in Brazil, Vitor Luiz studied classical ballet there before being granted a full scholarship at the Royal Ballet School in London at the age of 16. His professional career began before he was 18 years old in England, with the Birmingham Royal Ballet. In 2001, Vitor joined the Municipal Theater of Rio de Janeiro, Brazil's most traditional major classical ballet company, where he was a principal dancer and international guest artist for 8 years.

Getting to The Nutcracker

Watch the award-winning documentary "Getting to The Nutcracker" for a behind-the-scenes glimpse of this enchanting production of a holiday classic. The one-hour version of "Getting to The Nutcracker", featuring the Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre, will air on most PBS stations this holiday season.

Or, Stream the full-length award-winning documentary "Getting to The Nutcracker", featuring the Marat Daukayev Ballet Theatre, on Amazon.


The Luckman Theater, Cal State LA (View)
5151 State University Dr.
Los Angeles, CA 90032
United States


Arts > Dance
Arts > Performance
Arts > Theatre
Music > All Ages
Music > Classical
Other > Family-Friendly
Other > Holiday

Kid Friendly: Yes!
Dog Friendly: No
Non-Smoking: Yes!
Wheelchair Accessible: Yes!


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