Category: don quixote

Margarita Kullik in the Dream scene of Don Qu…

Margarita Kullik in the Dream scene of Don Quixote (Kirov Ballet)

Margarita Kullik in the Dream scene of Don Qui…

Margarita Kullik in the Dream scene of Don Quixote (Kirov Ballet)

Suzanne Farrell and George Balanchine in Don Q…

Suzanne Farrell and George Balanchine in Don Quixote (NYCB, 1965)

Lucinda Dunn as Kitri, and Robert Curran as Ba…

Lucinda Dunn as Kitri, and Robert Curran as Basilio, in Don Quixote (The Australian Ballet)

Yuliana Malkhasyants performing the Gypsy Danc…

Yuliana Malkhasyants performing the Gypsy Dance in Don Quixote (Bolshoi Ballet)

Jayne Smeulders as Kitri in Don Quixote (West …

Jayne Smeulders as Kitri in Don Quixote (West Australian Ballet, 2010)

Carrie Imler as Kitri in Don Quixote (Pacific …

Carrie Imler as Kitri in Don Quixote (Pacific Northwest Ballet)

Matthias Heymann and Ludmila Pagliero performi…

Matthias Heymann and Ludmila Pagliero performing a pas de deux from Don Quixote (Paris Opera Ballet, 2018)

Tutus for Don Quixote (Paris Opera Ballet, 201…

Tutus for Don Quixote (Paris Opera Ballet, 2018)

tsiskaridze: Today (June 7) is the birthday of…

tsiskaridze:

Today (June 7) is the birthday of Natalia Kasatkina, Russian ballerina, choreographer. Along with her husband, Vladimir Vasilev, she’s been heading the Moscow Classical Ballet Theatre company since 1977.

Kasatkina was born in Moscow in 1934. She graduated from Bolshoi Ballet Academy in 1953 and joined the company that same year. From 1954 – 1976, she was a character soloist with the company, and she started working as a choreographer in the 1960s. In 1965, she approached Igor Stravinsky and staged “The Rite of Spring” at the Bolshoi (Kasatkina also performed one of the solo parts in the ballet).

Kasatkina and Vasilev’s “Rite of Spring”. Bolshoi, 1965.