opinions on angelina vorontsova?
I think she’s one of the more interesting and promising young ballerinas working in Russia today. I find her dancing light, flirty, energetic and very feminine. She’s fun to watch.
Because she’s been in Tsiskaridze’s gravitational field since the late 00s, I’ve been following her as well, and I’ve watched her grow and improve as a dancer.
Angelina has been incredibly lucky with her ballet teachers: she studied under Arkhipova at BBA and Tsiskaridze at the Bolshoi, she is currently coached by Zhanna Ayupova at the Mikhailovsky but gets to work with other coaches as well. The fact that all of these great dancers / teachers singled her out and put so much effort into her clearly shows that Angelina is special.
Her relationship with Tsiskaridze is especially interesting because he was both her teacher and her partner. What’s also interesting is that during some of their shows, Nikolai, who is sometimes considered to be a selfish partner (mostly a misconceptions but also kind of true), would often fix Angelina’s mistakes and make himself look bad in the process. He was also forced to dance faster and harder to keep up with his much younger, more energetic partner. I find that Tsiskaridze is a reflection of his partners, and Angelina brought out a lot of good in him.
Unfortunately, Angelina is also an example of the way the ballet world treats women. Her final years at the Bolshoi and the years that followed were defined by the men around her. She was repeatedly and viciously attacked (both in Russia and overseas) for being Nikolai’s student, partner and friend and for being Dmitrchenko’s girlfriend. Now that Pavel has been released from prison, she’s being attacked for not sticking by him and moving on with her life. Early this year, a huge coordinated cyber bullying attack was organised against her (most likely by Filin’s camp). She’s shrugging all of it off. I am amazed that she’s managed to retain her innocence, dignity and good humour despite being put through absolute hell.
As much as I hate that the Bolshoi essentially threw her out for absolutely no reason, I think she’s far better off at the Mikhailvosky Theatre. The move has certainly worked out very well for her both in the professional (she’s a very busy prima ballerina) and the personal (she married the theatre’s musical director and principal conductor, Mikhail Tatarnikov) sense. I hope she’s happy and I wish her all the best.