Arguably a leading dancer in the world, the award-winning ballerina Svetlana Zakharova magnetised Cyprus audiences, following an invitation from the Limassol Municipality to present the show ‘Amore’ at the annual festival: The Big Ballets.
Her graceful performance captivated audiences over August 3-4 at the Limassol Municipal Gardens Theatre.
In this new production, Zakharova experimented with both classic and contemporary styles, accompanied by principal dancers of the Russian Ballet.
“Svetlana is a unique artist, much more than just a perfect dancer, a prima ballerina, too,” says Olga Balakleets, CEO of Ensemble Productions and Cyprus-Russia Gala – a producer who has worked closely with Zakharova.
‘Amore’ – all about love
In Amore (triple-bill), Zakharova collaborated with three world-renowned choreographers: Yuri Possokhov (San Francisco Ballet), Patrick de Bana (Vienna State Ballet) and Marguerite Donlon (Irish choreographer based in Berlin).
The programme presented: Yuri Possokhov’s ballet ‘Francesca da Rimini’, set to Tchaikovsky’s symphonic poem of the same name.
Mysterious and atmospheric: ‘Rain Before it Falls’, choreographed by Patrick de Bana, who himself dances in the piece.
The frivolous piece: ‘Strokes through The Tail’, provides a perfect ending, choreographed by Marguerite Donlon.
Costumes for both ‘Strokes Through the Tail’ and ‘Francesca da Rimini’ were created by Russian fashion designer Igor Chapurin.
Zachorova said: ‘Love is present in all of the performances of Amore’.
Undoubtedly Zacharova is one of the top dancers in the world. She was born to become a ballerina!
“Through her movements she expresses philosophy of life and love. Audiences in Cyprus are very fortunate to be among one of the first to be enjoying this new programme,” stressed Balakleets.
She started her studies at the age of 10. By the age of 17 (1996), she began her career at the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.
As described in the Financial Times: “Zakharova is the most prominent and brightest prima ballerina in the world”.
It is certainly no coincidence that the great dancer Vladimir Vasiliev, invited her to dance at the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet in Moscow in 2003.
Her name carries the enormous burden of a living legend, a unique diva that magnetises her audience and critics alike.
President Vladimir Putin recently honoured her with the highest prize award: “Artist of the People of Russia”, which is awarded to artists with an outstanding presence in the Arts.
Her first great success was when she danced ‘Giselle’ and once again, magnetised audiences and critics.
Since 2000, she has been collaborating with New York City Ballet, Bavarian State Ballet, Rome Opera Ballet, Paris Opera Ballet, New Tokyo National Theatre, San Carlo Theatre in Naples, American Ballet Theatre, The Ballet of Hamburg, the Theatre of Milan, Scala.
At the last National Elections in Russia (2008) she was elected a member of the Russian Parliament.
Last year, she was the star of the ballet of Scala, Milan, after the departure of Alexandra Ferri. A title awarded for the first time to a non-Italian dancer.
“‘Amore’ was created especially for Svetlana by several talented choreographers. She is a beautiful person and friend, too, and it is a great privilege to work with her,” concluded Balakleets.
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