Category: bolshoi ballet

Would you say that Svetlana Zakharova dances in the Kirov/Mariinsky/Vaganova style? She only studeid at VBA for a year right? She obviously does not dance in the Moscow style, but she doesn't have the same Vaganova arms or phrasing as the ballerinas who attended VBA for all 8 years, for example Stepanova or Vishneva or Lopatkina.

I think that Zakharova dances in the Zakharova style.

I think Tsiskaridze said it best (and I’m paraphrasing) when he described Zakharova as a truly unique talent, independent of any school or teacher. He personally doesn’t identify her as a Vaganova graduate and I’ve heard him argue with people who do. Zakharova trained in Kiev, and while her time (a year or so) at VBA, as well as her subsequent training and experience at the Mariinsky, polished her skills, ultimately, she stands alone and apart from any institution.  

For me, Lopatkina represents VBA style and Russian ballet as a whole, Vishneva represents an entirely new breed of Russian dancers, and Zakharova is Zakharova. I’m not sure if that makes sense…

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I’m sorry but the way the wilis make the cross on stage… Oh dear, I can’t!

tsiskaridze:

Vaganova Ballet Academy graduate (class of 2019), Ivan Poddubnyak as the Golden Idol. “La Bayadere” at the Bolshoi. Photos by Batya Annadurdyev.

Olga Smirnova, Artemy Belyakov

Giselle rehearsal

photo: Natalia Voronova

Olga Smirnova

Giselle rehearsal

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Olga Smirnova

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Pierce Jackson

Olga Smirnova

Grand Pas Classique

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Olga Smirnova

Giselle

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Olga Smirnova

photo: Sasha Gusev

Olga Smirnova, Edward Watson

new McGregor/Mugler choreography

photo: Sasha Gusev