An Interview with Makharbeq Vaziev
Not long after Mr. Vaziev took over as company
manager of the ballet, I had a chance to meet with him in his
occasional rumors of a possible change, Mr. Vaziev remains at the
Interview with Farouk Ruzimatov
At the time of this interview Farouk was arguably
the premiere dancer in the world. At this same time, he had also
partnered with Vaziev in the Kirov Ballet's new administration.
He has since left his administratative duties, but he remains one
of the elite names in the ballet world.
Interview with Victoria Novichyonok
She was a principal dancer with the Kirov, going
of the first tours allowed to leave the Soviet Union. Sidelined
early by injuries early in her career, she became a teacher at
the famed Vaganova Academy. In this interview she talks about Ruzimatov
as a student, what it takes to be a ballet dancer, and she predicts
the internatinal success of Boris Eifman.
Interview with Elvira Tarassova
She is a first soloist who helps
ensure all the roles in a production are danced to perfection.
She has outstanding technique and amzaing resilience. A couple
of years ago on tour in Brazil, she was injured. The administration
insisted she stay with the company, because even injured, she could
still work in a number of roles in an emergency. I made this interview
when Ms. Tarasova was very excited because her new coach was ballet
master Ninella Kurgapkina. There is a photo of Kurgapkina working
Asylmuratova and Roland Petit's New Swan Lake
Altynai Asylmuratova is now director of the
Vaganova Academy. Not long ago though, she was an international
star. This story by Marc
Haegeman taps into her long guest
collaboration Roland Petit.
Interview with Rasta Thomas
He was the 1998 Gold Medalist at the Jackson International
Ballet Competition. With Debbie Allen as a mentor, a very supportive
father, and a mind of his own, he was just jetting from place to
place after his most recent success. For this interview he called
me from a phone booth in Dallas.
I met with Ms. Volochkova in her apartment in St.
Petersburg. she was packing for a trip to Moscow to discuss a possible
move there. In the background was a long closet stuffed with her
personal costumes for all the great roles. She has made world headlines
a number of times since then. Here is my first little story and
some pictures she gave me. Click this link to visit her own website.