Category: mariinsky ballet

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goodgolly-missmolly88:

Maria Shirinkina rehearsing Giselle.

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Vaganova Ballet Academy’s graduate (class of 2018) Maria Bulanova’s debut as Medora in “Le Corsaire”. Photos by Galina Nikolskaya.

Kimin Kim and Maria Khoreva rehearsing The Nut…

Kimin Kim and Maria Khoreva rehearsing The Nutcracker (Mariinsky Ballet, 2019)

Kimin Kim and Maria Khoreva rehearsing The Nut…

Kimin Kim and Maria Khoreva rehearsing The Nutcracker (Mariinsky Ballet, 2019)

I always demand little pas de bourrées and a c…

I always demand little pas de bourrées and a catlike transition, liquidity.  I think the swan flies precisely like that –  slowly.  I want to achieve gentle transitions, without sharp movements, so that everything has the proper plasticity.

Svetlana Ivanova and Konstantin Zverev in Conc…

Svetlana Ivanova and Konstantin Zverev in Concerto DSCH (Mariinsky Ballet)

Before Ms. Kondaurova performed other renditio…

Before Ms. Kondaurova performed other renditions of the ballet, the Mariinsky’s ending [of Swan Lake] made sense.  ‘But when I danced in other versions, I began to think the tragic finale was closer to me,’ she said.  ‘Because this is not a Disney fairy tale where everything works out well. Someone has to be punished for these deceived emotions.’

For Ms. Kondaurova, Odette is a girl, not a bird; her most important quality is her sadness.  ‘After all, this is not her first day as an enchanted girl, and she is probably in despair at the thought of ever finding some way out of this existence,’ she said.  ‘She understands that she herself can’t escape these confines.  When she meets the prince, I believe she sees a glimmer of hope.  We don’t know if he is the first such to have approached her, but that hope springs up, even though at the start of the act she is hesitant to trust him.  I think that in the character there is always a hint of tragedy and anxiety, even when everything is O.K.‘

The Nutcracker (Mariinsky Ballet, 2010)

The Nutcracker (Mariinsky Ballet, 2010)

Anastasia Matvienko and Vladimir Shklyarov in…

Anastasia Matvienko and Vladimir Shklyarov in La Bayadère (Mariinsky Ballet, 2014)

Ulyana Lopatkina as the Dying Swan (Mariinsky …

Ulyana Lopatkina as the Dying Swan (Mariinsky Ballet, 2015)