From Kirill Sokolovsky’s interview with La Personne.
Kirill, how did you get into ballet?
I took dance and step classes together with my next-door neighbour – a girl. When I was in fourth grade, some people from the Belarusian State Choreography Gymnasium-College came to our school; they were looking for potential new students. When they asked: “Does anyone do dance?”, I raised my hand, naturally. They asked me to step forward, looked me over, and asked for my mom’s phone number. They called her almost immediately. I worked out that the trip from my house to the college would take an hour and a half one way, and together with my parents we decided that the commute would be too long. We turned the offer down. The college wouldn’t stop calling, though. They called every day, even after the enrolments had finished. I ended up coming to the second round of auditions later that summer. I was very vocal about not wanting to dance in tights, but my mom bribed me with the promise of a present. In the end, I got in.
What happened next?
I got on with my training in Belarus, but as time went on I learned more and more about Vaganova Ballet Academy. Overtime, I developed a strong desire to train there. One day, Vladimir Vasiliev came [to Minsk] to stage “Anyuta” – one of his ballets; I danced the part of Anyuta’s brother. During one of the rehearsals, Vladimir Viktorovich suggested that I should try to transfer [to VBA]. I gave it a go and, when I was in third year, I moved to St Petersburg. My parents had no idea about any of this until my transfer was finalised.
Translated by melmoth
Photos by Alisa Aslanova
Interview ny Elizaveta Emelkina