Anastasia Volochkova, prima ballerina

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Celebrated prima ballerina and Russian social figure Anastasia Volochkova performed at Sadler’s Wells with a host of other ballet stars to raise money for St. Petersburg’s very special School No. 458 where she has created a ballet studio.
In this rare London appearance, Anastasia danced in popular classics and works by leading choreographers created especially for her – including one of her favourite pieces ‘Eternal Love’. This is a romantic story of a young lady whose fate takes her from one ‘encounter’ to another, and from happiness to loneliness and bitterness – until she finally finds peace. Volochkova was joined by the dancers Mark Peretokin (Bolshoi Theatre), Yevgeny Ivanchenko (Kirov), Rinat Arifulin (Bolshoi Theatre) and Yuliana Malkhasyants (Bolshoi Theatre). They were accompanied by the Russian Orchestra of London conducted by Alexander Walker.
Born in St Petersburg in 1976, Volochkova trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy with renowned teacher Natalia Dudinskaya, and began her career with the Kirov Ballet. In 1996 she won the Serge Lifar Competition in Kiev, and two years later joined the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. In 2000 she won Austria’s Golden Lion award and was pronounced the ‘most talented ballerina in Europe’.
Volochkova has worked with many distinguished choreographers, including Derek Dean of the English National Ballet, who recreated the role of the fairy Carabosse in Sleeping Beauty especially for her. She dances regularly for Yuri Grigorovich’s company in Krasnodar, and appears all over the world with leading companies in classical and contemporary roles.


30 October 2006


Sadler’s Wells Theatre, London


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