Category: romeo and juliet

Hello. First things first : your blog is absol…

Hello. First things first : your blog is absolutely amazing. I'm fairly new to ballet and I'm trying to get into it. You said that the three best russian ballerinas for these past 20 years are Svetlana Zakharova, Ulyana Lopatkina and Diana Vishneva. Could you recommend some of their performances to watch ? Like signature roles, works for which they received critical acclaim ?

Thank you very much ūüôā

I’m happy to give some recommendations, but please remember that my opinions are pretty subjective. I’m sure other people would have a different view of these ballerina and their defining roles.

Diana Vishneva

  • ‚ÄúDon Q‚ÄĚ – Kitri was Diana‚Äôs first major role with the Mariinsky. She took it on while she was still a student at Vaganova Ballet Academy. Her performance was so impressive that it earned her the Divine – a coveted dance prize. Kitri was Diana‚Äôs calling card for many years until she finally grew out of the roles and dropped it her repertoire.
  • ‚ÄúRomeo and Juliet‚ÄĚ – Another one of Diana‚Äôs calling cards. At least, that‚Äôs how I‚Äôve always seen it. Juliet is another role she tackled while still very young.
  • Anything she‚Äôs danced with Malakhov – Vladimir Malakhov is Diana‚Äôs favourite and, in many ways, defining partner. They‚Äôve been dancing together since Diana was still a student and the work they create together is remarkable and drastically different from anything they have done in other partnerships.

Ulyana Lopatkina

  • The Dying Swan – Ulyana‚Äôs is the defining performance of her generation.
  • ‚ÄúRaymonda‚ÄĚ – Ulyana personifies classical Russian ballet, so you can pretty much pick any classical role from the Mariinsky repertoire that she‚Äôs danced. However, I‚Äôm choosing ‚ÄúRaymonda‚ÄĚ because this ballet is so beautiful and complex that a ballerina must really prove herself before she even thinks about attempting it.

Svetlana Zakharova

  • ‚ÄúSwan Lake‚ÄĚ – Now that Ulyana Lopatkina has retired, Svetlana is arguably the best Odette / Odile in the world. Hell, I‚Äôm calling it: she is the best in the world at this point in time.

I‚Äôd also recommend watching all three ballerinas in¬†‚ÄúSwan Lake‚ÄĚ because this really is the crowning jewel of Russian ballet and no list would be complete without it. Furthermore, this ballet played a significant part in these ballerinas‚Äô careers and Svetlana, Ulyana and Diana all gave very different performances.




I think you should also watch ‚ÄúBallerina‚ÄĚ – the documentary which looks at all three of these remarkable primas:


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Gelsey Kirkland and Ivan Nagy in Romeo and Jul…

Gelsey Kirkland and Ivan Nagy in Romeo and Juliet (ABT)

Chihiro Uchida as Juliet, and Kenya Nakamura a…

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Joseph Caley as Romeo, and Momoko Hirata as J…

Joseph Caley as Romeo, and Momoko Hirata as Juliet, in Romeo and Juliet (Birmingham Royal Ballet, 2016)

Ekaterina Krysanova, Artemiy Belyakov, Kristin…

Ekaterina Krysanova, Artemiy Belyakov, Kristina Karasyova and others after Bolshoi’s Romeo And Juliet

Photo via Instagram #ekaterinakrysanova

Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov in Romeo…

Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Shklyarov in Romeo and Juliet (Mariinsky Ballet, 2013)

Yvette Chauvir√© and Gert Reinholm in Romeo and…

Yvette Chauviré and Gert Reinholm in Romeo and Juliet (Berliner Ballett, 1959)

Julie Kent as Juliet, and Susan Jaffe as Nurse…

Julie Kent as Juliet, and Susan Jaffe as Nurse, in Romeo and Juliet (ABT, 2015)

Yekaterina Krysanova as Juliet, and Vladislav …

Yekaterina Krysanova as Juliet, and Vladislav Lantratov as Romeo, in Romeo and Juliet (Bolshoi Ballet, 2017)