Zenaida Yanowsky in The Rite of Spring, The Royal Ballet, November 2013. © Dave Morgan.

MacMillan’s 1962 Rite alters its impact with the choice of sacrificial victim. Zenaida Yanowsky accepts her fate, like a suicide martyr, instead of flailing frantically to the end. She submits in a trance, exalted as the embodiment of her people’s collective will. Her death is less shocking as a result.


Zenaida Yanowsky reflects on 23 years with The Royal Ballet

Principal of The Royal Ballet since 2001, Zenaida Yanowsky is a real cornerstone of the Company. Here, she is interviewed by another legend of the business, Darcey Bussell, who spent almost 20 years as a Principal with The Royal Ballet. 

The pair talk about a life and career with The Royal Ballet, from  favourite performances and roles through to their thoughts on the Ashton triple bill in which Yanowsky dances dance the role of Marguerite in Marguerite and Armand.

Final Bow


Beautiful Zenaida! Thank you for sharing your talent with us and we shall miss you so much! Xx❤️😢