Evgenia Obraztsova doubles down on COVID-19 denial.

Last week, the Bolshoi’s prima ballerina Evgenia Obraztsova ignored the government’s advice against mass gatherings and attended a church service, assuring her instagram followers that “a church is the safest place” during a pandemic. Since then, Russia has enforced stricter rules to ensure that its citizens take self-isolation more seriously. In a recent livestream on […]

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“Church is the Safest Place”. Evgenia Obraztsova ignores self-isolation advice.

Russia currently has 1,836 reported cases of COVID-19, with 212 new cases registered in the capital overnight. 8 people have died so far. Until now, the country had seemingly kept the pandemic at bay, though there are speculations that the actual number of cases is much higher than reported. Over the past few days, the […]

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The Bolshoi’s “Spartacus” on tour in Brisbane.

I had an opportunity to see “Swan Lake” at the Bolshoi when I was a child; my school offered students who were interested in seeing the ballet a day trip to Moscow. The outing was entirely voluntary, and the children who did not wish to go would get a day off school instead. Guess which option my stupid nine-year-old self went with.

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Ervin Zagidullin Q&A (English)

Ervin Zagidullin graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy in July, having trained under Fethon Miozzi, and has since joined the crème de la crème of St Petersburg ballet in the Mariinsky Theatre’s corps de ballet. During his academic career, Ervin made something of a splash at several major ballet competitions. Most notably, he won third place at the 2016 Vaganova-PRIX and made it into the finals of this year’s Prix de Lausanne. Ervin’s key to success? Hard work and an unrelentingly positive attitude!

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Эрвин Загидуллин (Russian)

Эрвин Загидуллин окончил Академию Русского Балета имени А.Я. Вагановой (класс Фетона Миоцци) в Июле этого года и был принят в труппу Мариинского театра. Эрвин – лауреат конкурса Vaganova-PRIX, участвовал во Всероссийском конкурсе “Русский балет” и прошел в финал Prix de Lausanne. Секрет его успеха? Труд и неустанный оптимизм! Интервью melmoth.blog   |   English Version   |  Инстаграм Эрвина Эрвин, расскажите, пожалуйста, как начался Ваш […]

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Q&A with Laura Fernandez-Gromova

melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog For those of you who follow ballet news closely, Laura Fernandez-Gromova should hardly need an introduction. In 2016, the eighteen-year-old Swiss took the Prix de Lausanne ballet competition by storm. Laura bagged three awards: a coveted Apprenticeship […]

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melmoth.co is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews. For daily updates, please follow my blog: melmoth.blog The Royal Ballet’s 2016 production of Mary Shelley’s Gothic masterpiece is an immensely enjoyable spectacle. It did, however, leave me a little conflicted. On the one hand, “Frankenstein” is, first and foremost, great theatre: […]

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