Russian ballet prima

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Nov. 24, 2011, 8:36 p.m. | Theaters — by Mariya Manzhos


Anastasiya Volochkova, the extravagant prima of the Russian ballet, will go beyond her customary classical repertoire and perform new dances set to modern music. In addition to the dance performances, she will even sing several songs composed exclusively for her and take part in the acrobatic stints of the ballet group “Keep Balance.”

The soloist of the Bolshoi Theater, Rinat Arifulyn, will share the stage with the prima.

The youngest soloist of the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, 35-year-old Volochkova became the theatre’s first prima ballerina and a student at the same time.

While at the Bolshoi in Moscow, she was scandalously expelled for being too tall and heavy. In response, she has begun a solo career.

Volochkova also worked as an actress and a model, was a member of parliament from the presidential United Russia party and made her nude photo sessions in the Maldives public.

Most recently the dancer received a master’s in business administration to help her create networks promoting arts and ethics.

All in all, you won’t get bored with whatever she does on the stage.

Fri, Nov. 25, 7 p.m., National Franko Theatre, 3 Ivan Franko Square, 374-3333,, tickets: Hr 150-1,200.
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