Category: Nikolai Tsiskaridze

Nikolai Tsiskaridze as Solor in La Bayadère (B…

Nikolai Tsiskaridze as Solor in La Bayadère (Bolshoi Ballet, 2007)

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An excerpt from of a short documentary about Vaganova Ballet Academy. The full English transcript is up at melmoth.co.

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Ana Laguna, muse and wife of choreographer Mats Ek, visited Vaganova Ballet Academy this week.

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Ivan Zaitsev and Nikolai Tsiskaridze in the Mikhailovsky Theatre’s “La fille mal garden”. Nikolai will reprise his role of Widow Simone tonight.

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Thank you for translating the Q&A with Misha Barkidjija. Tho I must say I was a bit put off by it. He came off as immature & full of himself (can you imagine if, when asked what she is proud of, a woman said "my beauty"? ick) I was hoping he had more substance than to immediately go to his looks as his point of pride. It also bothers me that he seems sure he will get an offer from BT(tho fully acknowledge how talented he is). It could just be a bad interview, but IJS a little humility never hurt

I could be wrong, but to me the interview came off as humorous and ironic – two qualities that often don’t translate well in print. That’s a common problem with Tsiskaridze, actually; you can read a transcript of his interview and think: “what an ass”, and then listen to the same interview and get a completely different picture. Even if Misha is actually being a bit cocky, I can look past it. He’s 16. Life hasn’t beaten him down yet. 😂

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The higher the passe, the higher the pay.

The higher the passe, the higher the pay.

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Tatler Russia: Q&A with Mikhail Barkidjija (16)

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What is your greatest achievement?

That Nikolai Maximovich Tsiskaridze hasn’t expelled me. I am now a student in the graduating class of 2019 at Vaganova Ballet Academy. I was born in Chicago and I graduated from Canada’s National Ballet School, but I have always dreamed of training in Russia because, first of all, I believe it to be the birthplace of ballet and, secondly, my mom is Russian. My dad had studied Russian at university. He went to Irkutsk for his professional practice, and that’s where he met my mom.

Where do you hang out in St Petersburg?

At Romeo’s on Rimskogo-Korsakova. I had dinner there the other night with Xander Parish, the principal dancer of the Mariinsky; I have tea and pie – chicken, cheese and mushroom or feta and spinach – at Shtrogel’ on Sodovaya; and I’ve only been to a nightclub once. I’m too young for that.

What else are you proud of?

My body, my smile and my jump. I guess I’m a handsome guy; I’m often told that I am. Nikolai Maximovich says so to, although, to tell you the truth, he thinks I have a big nose. Tsiskaridze has shared other important observations with me. The most recent one is: “The higher the passe, the higher the pay”.

What are your plans for the future?

At the moment, I am only thinking about the Bolshoi. Nikolai Maximovich says that that is where I am going to dance. But not before I pass my math and Russian finals.

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This week, at the VII St Petersburg Cultural Forum, Nikolai Tsiskaridze called for ballet ticket prices to be made more affordable, for theatres to actively fight ticket scalping, and for audience age restrictions to be lowered (children under 15 currently aren’t allowed to attend many evening performances at the Bolshoi).

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Nikolai Tsiskaridze as the title character in “Paganini”. The Bolshoi’s tour in London. 1999.

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Ekaterina Shipulina celebrated her birthday today. Happy birthday!

Photos by Darian Volkova, Batya Annadurdyev and Vincent Perez.