Category: svetlana zakharova

Svetlana Zakharova in Raymonda (Bolshoi Ballet)

Svetlana Zakharova as Queen Mekhmene Banu in The Legend of Love (Bolshoi Ballet)

Svetlana Zakharova as Nikiya in La Bayadère (Bolshoi Ballet)


Bolshoi’s “Swan Lake” – Svetlana Zakharova, Denis Rodkin, Artemy Belyakov.

Bolshoi’s “Sleeping Beauty” – Svetlana Zakharova, David Hallber, Maria Allash.

Mariinsky Theatre program

The Mariinsky Theatre has prepared a unique programme to mark World Theatre Day. Each day from 26 to 29 March will be broadcasting dazzling performances and glittering gala concerts: the grand opening of the Mariinsky-II featuring Anna Netrebko, Plácido Domingo, Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina and many other stars, the oratorio Ivan the Terrible with Alexei Petrenko and the symphonic tale Peter and the Wolf with Konstantin Khabensky as the respective Narrators, a performance by Alexandre Kantorow accompanied by the Mariinsky Orchestra and Valery Gergiev and the ballet Konyok-Gorbunok (The Little Humpbacked Horse) with Alina Somova and Vladimir Shklyarov.

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Semyon Chudin and Svetlana Zakharova in Anna Karenina (Bolshoi Ballet)

Svetlana Zakharova as Raymonda in Raymonda (Bolshoi Ballet)

Massimo Murru and Svetlana Zakharova in Pink Floyd (La Scala Ballet)

Svetlana Zakharova in Giselle (La Scala Ballet, 2014)

Just need to get this off my chest: I honestly get so annoyed with people complaining that certain ballerinas (Who are considered among the best in their fields) "inexpressive" or bad actresses or whatever. Like just because they don't throw hysterics and wring their hands onstage doesn't mean that the delivery is bad, balletic acting is mostly in the movement because it's a form of dance. I wonder if the sophistication is lost on them.

Just say you’re talking about 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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