By  on December 8, 2015

“Nutcracker” fans at Saturday’s performance by the Moscow Ballet at Brooklyn’s Kings Theatre discovered the added artistry of set designer Carl Sprague.

In the midst of what will be a three-year redesign for the Moscow Ballet, Sprague is working with a St. Petersburg scene shop to develop 30-by-50-foot backdrops, including the historically accurate one used for Mayor Stahlbaum’s Grand Ballroom scene in Act I that portrays traditional Russian lacquer art. Reviewing “a surprising number of photographs of the Imperial Ballet’s original 1892 production” and images of “grand, palatial 18th- and 19th-century architecture,” Sprague said he aimed “to stay true to this very Russian character of the Moscow Ballet’s ‘Nutcracker.’ They are more grounded in the sort of fairy-tale world which is especially appropriate for this piece.”

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