Behind the Curtain of Creativity: Discover the Visionaries of Talmi Entertainment

Jun 15, 2023

Step into a world of enchantment and artistic brilliance with Talmi Entertainment’s “NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet”

For over four decades, Talmi Entertainment has been captivating audiences with its exceptional productions, showcasing the beauty and grace of ballet. Let us take you on a journey through the captivating history of Talmi Entertainment and its renowned productions, from humble beginnings to international acclaim.


Picture this: a stage bathed in a mesmerizing glow, a captivating storyline unfolding through breathtaking choreography, and a cast of talented dancers who seem to defy gravity with their every move. This is the world of Talmi Entertainment’s “NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet”, a production that has become the gold standard for commercial ballet presentations in the United States.


But how did Talmi Entertainment achieve such extraordinary heights? It all began in 1983 when producer Akiva Talmi, son of Ukrainian refugees, embarked on a mission to bring the magic of ballet to North America. Collaborating with renowned ballet artists like Leonid and Valentina Kozlov, The Glasnost Festival, and Cynthia Gregory, Talmi’s celebrity ballet tours laid the foundation for what would later become the legendary Nutcracker ballet.

Nutcracker Producers Dan and Akiva Talmi

Glasnost and the Perestroika Period 1989-1993:

 Jump to the era of Glasnost and Perestroika from 1989 to 1993 and you’ll find yourself immersed in a time when Talmi Entertainment’s ballet productions took on an international dimension. During this period, the annual “International Glasnost Festivals” brought together the crème de la crème of ballet artists from around the world. Prima Ballerina Assoluta Tatiana Chernobrovkina and her partner Alexei Malykint, Jana Kurova, Katharine Wolf, Zoltan Nagy, and Oleg Vinogradov dazzled audiences with their extraordinary performances. Inspired by Natalia Sats’ innovative approach to engaging young audiences, Talmi Entertainment’s Nutcracker tours became an annual tradition in North America.


Behind the scenes of Talmi Entertainment’s success stands a true unsung hero: Mary Margaret Giannone. A Juilliard-trained choreographer and accomplished dancer, Giannone’s journey in the dance world has been nothing short of remarkable. Her choreographic brilliance blossomed at Jacob’s Pillow, a prestigious dance centre based in Berkshire County, MA, and she was invited by the renowned Mikhail Baryshnikov himself to create a ballet for American Ballet Theatre II. Giannone’s artistry continues to inspire generations of dancers and adds an indelible touch of brilliance to Talmi Entertainment’s productions.

Talmi Entertainment International Today:

Today Talmi Entertainment is still pushing boundaries under the leadership of second-generation Producer, Dan Talmi. Building upon the legacy of Mary and Akiva, Dan Talmi has modernized all aspects of the business from back of house production and logistics to casting and global talent development. Under Dan Talmi’s guidance, Talmi Entertainment has embraced cutting-edge technologies on stage to enhance the theatrical experience. Intelligent lighting systems are integrated into the show alongside hand made scenic pieces, and hundreds of carefully stitched costumes. All made in accordance with classical European stage craft and techniques. This commitment to classical authenticity and technological innovation has established Talmi Entertainment’s Nutcracker! Magical Christmas Ballet as America’s Nutcracker.


After a hiatus caused by the Covid-19 pandemic, Talmi Entertainment’s “NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet returned to the stage in 2022. The anticipation surrounding this performance was palpable, and it did not disappoint. The international cast brought together dancers from different corners of the globe, creating a truly mesmerizing spectacle. But it wasn’t just the dancers who made this production exceptional; scenic and prop designers from around the world collaborated to create a visual feast for the eyes. One notable contributor was South African creature builder and puppeteer Roger Titely, whose gifted artistry brought a flock of doves to life, symbolizing peace and harmony.


What makes Talmi Entertainment’s “NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet” more than just a ballet? It’s the immersive experience it offers, transcending borders and captivating hearts. This production brings together an international ensemble of peace advocates from ballet capitals worldwide, infusing the performance with a powerful message. From Washington DC to Boston, from New York City to Los Angeles, this peace advocacy tour has left audiences spellbound, united by the shared language of dance.


Talmi Entertainment’s “NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet”  is a testament to the dedication and passion that goes into creating a truly extraordinary production. It’s more than a show; it’s a magical journey that transports you to a world of wonder and joy. Don’t miss the opportunity to witness this extraordinary production and be swept away by the timeless beauty and enchantment of the NUTCRACKER! Magical Christmas Ballet.

Secure your Nutcracker tickets today and let Talmi Entertainment transport you to a world where dreams come true.


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