Svetlana Zakharova and Yann Saïz in act I of Rudolf Noureev’s "La Belle au bois dormant", early 2000’s.

Bolshoi Prima Maria Alexandrova
Photo Credits: Batya Annadurdyev

Svetlana Zakharova and Sergei Polunin in Giselle.

Ekaterina Krysanova and Ivan Vasiliev after Don Quixote at the Bolshoi Theatre
Maya Plisetskaya in The Legend of Love
Ekaterina Krysanova and Denis Savin
Credits to BEK studios

Anonymous asked: You always are so nice & know so much about ballet. Seriously I wish I knew someone like that in real life. :) question: why do you think natalia Osipova never danced swan lake at the bolshoi? I know most people say it's because she doesn't fit the role, but maria alexandrova has danced it?

awww, thank you! you probably don’t know how much these words mean to me ^-^

Natalia never danced Swan Lake at the Bolshoi, because Yuri Grigorovich said she didn’t look like a swan to him, and he’s usually very picky and strict in choosing casts (same reason why she didn’t dance The Sleeping Beauty there - she didn’t look like a princess to him). Maria Alexandrova was only allowed to dance Swan Lake in 2005 (she joined Bolshoi in 1997), so it took her quite a while to “please” Grigorovich. now she doesn’t dance Swan Lake that much anymore though.

Anonymous asked: is sveta the sylvie guillem of our time? do you think she will be considered as one of the greatest in history?

Svetlana Zakharova is the Svetlana Zakharova of our time. she’s not Marie Taglioni, Lucile Grahn, Carlotta Grisi, Pierina Legnani, Mathilde Ksesschinska, Anna Pavlova, Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Gabriella Komleva, Alicia Alonso, Margot Fonteyn, Ekaterina Maximova or Sylvie Guillem of our time. Svetlana, just like anybody else, is unique, Svetlana, just like anybody else, is different. 

yes, I do think she will be considered as one of the greatest ballerinas in history, moreover, I think, she already is.

Anonymous asked: Maria allash isn't all that good...but how come ekaterina? Shipulina great!

in your opinion she is great, in mine - not at all. in my opinion Ekaterina Krysanova is a genius, in someone else’s she’s a disaster. tastes differ and that’s what’s great, I think.

Anonymous asked: Do you think the bolshoi have plans to release any more dvds? I would love for Katya to be on one!

as far as I know, they are planning to release footages of the ballets they are to broadcast in cinemas in the upcoming season: apart from what’s already been released, those are The Legend of Love, Swan Lake, Ivan the Terrible and The Nutcracker.