The Russian Ballet Icons Gala, 2013



The Russian Ballet Icons Gala of 2012  produced some of the world’s greatest dancers, and you can see much of it on this website. It was always going to be a hard act to follow, and so this year proved somewhat disappointing and lacked that edge, with some exceptions. In general, the ballerinas outperformed the male dancers, although that was in some part due to the fact that the men were primarily supporting cast in the ‘pas de deux’.  Although there were some outstanding Russian dancers there, such as Marianna Ryzhkina, who danced with Giuseppe Picone in ‘Narcissus’ to the music of Debussy, I felt that the most moving performances came from Alina Cojocaru and Thomas Whitehead in “Rushes’ to the music of Prokofiev , and from Marianela Nunez and Thiago Soares in ‘Winter Dreams pas de deux’ to music by Tchaikovsky.


I cannot give you the precise pieces, but I would like to present excerpts from Cojocaru and Nunez. Both are principal dancers of the Ryal Ballet.


Here is Alina Cojocaru with Johan Kobborg in a moment from ‘Romeo and Juliet:



Here they are again in ‘Voices of ‘Spring’:



Cojocaru as ‘Aurora’:



For my international audience, Alina Cojocaru was born in Bucharest, and trained in Kiev before joining the Royal Ballet School in 1998. She has appeared with some of the finest companies, including the Mariinsky and the Bolshoi.



Marianela Nunez was born in Buenos Aires and trained with Teatro Colon Ballet School before joining The Royal Ballet School in 1997. In 2006 she won Best Female Dancer at the Critics’ Circle Dance Awards.


Here she is in ‘Swan Lake’:





Here indeed is the piece they performed in the gala:


The choreography is by Kenneth Macmillan.


Here is concerto with Nunez and Pennefather:



In the Gala, Maria Yakovleva and Kirill Kurlaev , who dance for the Vienna State Ballet, gave us some iexciting moments in ‘Moszkowski Waltz’. Here is the waltz danced by the Mariinsky:



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