St Petersburg Ballet Theatre

Posted on June 21, 2011 by Louis Guillaume

The St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre was founded in 1994 by Russian entrepreneur Konstantin Tachkin, for the purpose of delivering classical Russian ballet to audiences worldwide. They tour extensively, including return visits to Great Britain and South Africa and Grinnell, Iowa. This company is made up mostly of graduates from the famous Vaganova Ballet Academy in St. Petersburg.

The principal dancers include Irina Kolesnikova, Anna Podlesnaya, Dmitri Akulinin, Andrei Stelmakhov, Olga Ovchinnikova and Oleg Harutkin. [source wikipedia]

La Bayadère (The Temple Dancer) (Russian: Баядерка; translates to English as Bayaderka) is a ballet, originally staged in four acts and seven tableaux by French choreographer Marius Petipa to the music of Ludwig Minkus. La Bayadère was first performed by the Imperial Ballet at the Imperial Bolshoi Kamenny Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia, in 1877. A scene from the ballet, known as The Kingdom of the Shades, is one of the most celebrated excerpts in all of classical ballet, and is considered to be one of the first examples of abstract ballet. [source wikipedia]

Irina Kolesnikova
Irina Kolesnikova was born in 1980, she graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 1998, class of Elvira Korkorina, and after she joined the St. Petersburg Ballet Theatre of Konstantin Tachkin.

She has toured internationally, playing the title role in Giselle, and Odette/Odile in Swan Lake. Other roles in her repertoire include Princess Aurora in Sleeping Beauty, Masha in The Nutcracker, lead dancer in Legend of Love. In September 2007 she danced Sheherezade for the first time at the Gala des Etoiles in Paris, partnered by Dmitri Semionov. Her coaches include Honoured Artists of Russia Alla Osipenko and Lubov Kunakova.

Kolesnikova has placed in many international competitions, winning a gold medal at Prague 2002, the Natalia Makarova Prize and silver medal at Arabesque 2002 in Perm, and a silver medal at the Japanese International and Modern Dance Competition in 2005. In the same year, she was nominated for Best Female Dancer in Britain’s National Dance Awards, after a performance of Swan Lake at the Royal Albert Hall.

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