Anastasia Matvienko performing Rupture (chor. by Dwight Rhoden) at Dance Open Vilnius 2013. Photo by Jack Devant.

Just twelve years after her first ballet class, Anastasia is making a splash in the dance world. Her “gorgeous line and polished technique” caught the attention of Los Angeles Times dance critic Lewis Segal, who also commented on her “serene partnership” with her husband Denis. Both now dance at the Mariinsky Theatre (Kirov Ballet), she as a First Soloist and he as a Principal. 


Sometimes looking for a photog credit I stumble upon a whole batch…

Evgenia Obraztsova and Dean Tamazlakaru in the Grand pas de deux “Carnival of Venice” from “Satanella” at Dance Open Ballet Festival, April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Photos by Stas Levshin.

I’m seriously going through a Genia withdrawal, there’ve been no really new clips of her dancing on YT for a while… hope she is getting better from her injury and on the Bolshoi stage soon. I’m so happy she will be doing Swan Lake next year, but as it will be with the RB, there’s no hope for video clips. :((((((

Anastasia Kolegova, Animated Frescoes from the Little Humpbacked Horse, Mariinsky Ballet at Dance Open Ballet Festival, April 2013, Saint Petersburg, Russia. © Vladimir Cherenkov.

This is a charming pas de quatre – delicate, old-fashioned in mannerisms but technically challenging for the dancers, demanding fastidious footwork. The four ballerinas – Anastasia Kolegova, Ekaterina Osmolkina and Elena Evseeva (Mariinsky), Anna Tikhomirova, (Bolshoi) – took turns showing off their terpsichorean talents in a friendly one-upmanship way, demonstrating flawless technique and Romantic-era poses.

Iana Salenko in La Esmeralda, Dance Open Ballet Festival, July 2013, Savonlinna, Finland. Photographer: Nikolay Krusser.

Salenko has a very expressive body and clearly conveyed her character’s anguish, especially when, drooping with despair, she boureed backwards from one side of the vast stage to the other, with gossamer-light and smooth action. Tamazlacaru made a kindly, loving partner with soaring jumps and neat stretched legs.