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Alexandra Timofeeva, La Esmeralda, The Kremlin Ballet, September 19, 2014. Photo by Valeria Komissarova.

With its spectacular turns, balances, extensions and signature tambourine the female variation from La Esmeralda’s Act II pas de deux is a competition staple—despite the ballet’s virtual disappearance from today’s repertoires. Based on Victor Hugo’s 1831 novel, Notre-Dame de Paris, La Esmeralda tells the tragic story of a beautiful French gypsy betrayed by her first love, Captain Phoebus, and protected by the disfigured Quasimodo.

Mariinsky Ballet principal Ekaterina Kondaurova in the title role of Mikhail Fokine’s “The Firebird” at the Mariinsky Theatre.

Photo by Valeria Komissarova.

Alexandra Timofeyeva in Le Corsaire during the gala Stars with Kremlin Ballet, September 26, 2012. Photo by Valeria Komissarova.

Scene 2. The Plotters. The corsairs’ den. The corsairs, with their rich booty and captive maidens return to their lair; also brought here is the trembling Isaac. Medora, saddened by the fate of her fellow slaves, begs Conrad to free them and he agrees. Birbanto and the other pirates protest, saying that they too have a right to the women. They become mutinous.