Alèna Grivnina – The Censored Interview

Earlier this year, Alèna Grivnina graduated with honours from the Bolshoi Ballet Academy. She is now dancing with the Mariinsky theatre’s Primorsky company in Vladivostok. In June, Alèna, along with other Bolshoi Ballet Academy students, was interviewed by a major online publication for an issue covering the brightest stars of the Academy’s graduating class. The […]

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La Personne: Svetlana Savelieva’s Blog

La Personne’s newest columnist, Vaganova Ballet Academy graduate and Mariinsky dancer, Svetlana Savelieva, writes about her life in quarantine. Translation by melmoth   |   Original Article (Russian)   |   Follow Svetlana on instagram What are dancers’ lives like now? The date on which the quarantine was supposed to be lifted has been changed several times already. At first, the company […]

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Kommersant Interview: Vladimir Urin

The Bolshoi’s General Director, Vladimir Urin, spoke with Kommersant about the challenges facing the Bolshoi during COVID-19 pandemic and the plans for the future. Translation by melmoth   |   Original Article (Russian) What is the General Director of a closed theatre doing now? Still working, in spite of everything, because the Ministry of Culture and the government are […]

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La Personne: Anastasia Nuykina

A graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy, where she had studied under Lyudmila Kovaleva, Anastasia has already danced the part of Maria in “The Fountain of Bakhchisarai” and Masha in “The Nutcracker”. At the end of her first season, she was supposed to debut as Gamzatti in “La Bayadere”, but an injury prevented her from performing. New debuts await Anastasia in the upcoming season, and we wish her all the energy and inspiration she needs to work towards her ultimate dream – to dance.

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La Personne: Alexandra Khiteeva

Alexandra Khiteeva, the soon-to-be graduate of Vaganova Ballet Academy and former student of Kazan Ballet Academy, came to St Petersburg from her native Kazan four years ago. Last September, she received First Prize at VaganovaPRIX competition, she spent the following winter touring Japan with her fellow students, and will next week take part in the “Russian Ballet” Competition at the Bolshoi, where she will perform variations from “Suite en Blanc” and “Le Réveil de Flore”.

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Vaganova Ballet Academy Documentary is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews.  For daily updates, please follow my blog: I’m happy to share with you my English translation of a short documentary about Vaganova Ballet Academy, featuring past and current Academy students: Maria Koshkareva (class of Lyudmila Komolova), Alexandra Khiteeva (class of Irina Sitnikova) and Ruslan Stenyushkin […]

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Tatler Russia: Mikhail Barkidjija is an online archive of some of my more substantial articles and reviews.  For daily updates, please follow my blog: Translation by   |   Follow Mikhail on instagram   |  Photo by Anton Zemlyakov  Ваше главное достижение? Тот факт, что Николай Максимович Цискаридзе меня не выгнал – я уже на выпускном курсе Академии русского балета им. А.Я. Вагановой. […]

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