Cast and creative

Valery Gergiev (Conductor)

Artistic and General Director of the Mariinsky Theatre, Valery Gergiev is one of the leading figures in world culture. In 1988, he was appointed Principal Conductor of the Mariinsky Theatre,… read more

Alina Somova (Masha/Clara)

Alina Samova was born in St Petersburg, Russia and graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2003 (class of Lyudmila Safronova). Later that year she joined the Mariinsky… read more

Vladimir Shklyarov (Nutcracker)

Vladimir Shklyarov was born in St Petersburg, Russia. After he graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of Vitaly Afanaskov) in 2003, he joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company… read more

Andreas Morell (Director)

Andreas Morell was raised in Stuttgart and on the isle of Juist, Germany. After attending film schools in Munich and London, he started to write and direct films in 1987.… read more

Wassili Vainonen (Choreography)

Wassili Vainonen (1901-1964) was a renowned Soviet choreographer, particularly with the Kirov Ballet (known today as the Mariinsky Ballet), where he worked from 1930 to 1938. His most enduring production… read more

Simon Virsaladze (Stage design)

Simon Virsaladze (1909–1989) was a Georgian and one of the Soviet Union‘s leading designers of ballet, film and opera. As a child he studied both ballet and art, and although… read more