Category: svetlana zakharova

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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Svetlana Zakharova as Mary in A Hero of Our Time (Bolshoi Ballet)

Svetlana Zakharova as Medora in Le Corsaire (Bolshoi Ballet)

Svetlana Zakharova as Nikiya in La Bayadère (Bolshoi Ballet/Mariinsky Ballet, 2018)

Svetlana Zakharova as Giselle, and Friedemann Vogel as Albrecht, in Giselle (La Scala Ballet, 2015)

Vladislav Lantratov as Solor, and Svetlana Zakharova as Nikiya, in La Bayadère (Bolshoi Ballet)

Svetlana Zakharova as Giselle, and Sergei Polunin as Albrecht, in Giselle (Bolshoi Ballet, 2015)

Svetlana Zakharova as Nikiya in La Bayadère (Bolshoi Ballet)

Svetlana Zakharova as Marguerite, and Roberto Bolle as Armand, in Margeurite and Armand (La Scala Ballet, 2017)

Svetlana Zakharova as Carmen, and Denis Rodkin as José, in Carmen Suite (Bolshoi Ballet)