We will miss you, Nadja!

Bühnenabschied von Nadja Saidakova am 19. Mai 2017

Ich kann mir das Staatsballett Berlin ohne die zauberhafte Primaballerina Nadja Saidakova nur schwer vorstellen. Seit über 20 Jahren konnte ich die Erste Solistin auf der Bühne in unzähligen Rollen bewundern.

Am Eindruckvollsten fand ich Nadja als Brünnhilde im “Ring um den Ring” vom weltberühmten Choreografen Maurice Béjart. Als unbesiegbare Walküre rammt sie ihre Spitzenschuhe gekonnt hart in den Boden und stieg mit Genuss auf die Spitze – ein Zeichen von Stärke, Stolz und Kampfgeist.

Auch in vielen klassischen Rollen hat Nadja Saidakova die Zuschauer verzaubert. Hier ein Video vom Nussknacker, in dem sie ein fantastisches Pas De Deux mit Vladimir Malakhov tanzt.

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Swan Lake has taken 4 years of patience

Interview with Li Cunxin, Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet, also known as Mao’s Last Dancer

Everybody knowns the story of Mao’s Last Dancer but not everyone is aware of his current career as the Artistic Director of the Queensland Ballet. I was lucky to get the opportunity to talk to him about the new production of Swan Lake. Then I was invited to watch a rehearsal which I really loved. It was heartbreaking!

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News from Polina

Star Ballerina Polina Semionova’s Comeback

Polina returns to the stage after a year of maternity leave. Her first performance takes place on the 26th April 2017 at Staatsballett Berlin. After this performance she will be awarded the prestigious title of “Berliner Kammertänzerin”. Good luck!

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TOP 10 Best Primaballerinas

Who is my favorite ballerina? Definitely Polina Semionova

My friends often ask me about my favourite ballerina. As I have been a ballet lover for decades, it is quite difficult to answer this question, given the amount of ballerinas I have seen perform. All dancers have different strengths and weaknesses; Rudolf Nurejew, for example, while a presence onstage and reknowned as the best dancer of the 20th century, would not be considered extremely talented by todays standards. I will also not be mentioning excellent prima ballerinas who have passed their prime, such as Sylvie Gulliem and Darcy Bursell.

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Back to the barre, Tara!

Premier of Dance Academy: The Movie on 6. April 2017

I can’t wait to watch this movie – though being over 20, I probably shouldn’t be this passionate for an Australian teen drama about love, relationships and careers. But there are two understandable reasons: I love Sydney, so I enjoy the setting and scenery of Walsh Bay, Harbour Bridge and the beaches. Secondly, I adore the dance scenes which feature all the highlights of classical ballet and comtemporary dance.

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TOP SWAN LAKE interpretations

What is YOUR favorite?

If you want to see the ballet SWAN LAKE, better check first what interpretation will be shown. There are so many different versions. Almost every choreographer has done his own ballet. It is up to you. Watch youtube-Videos and accompanying descriptions.

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Magie der Ballettfotografie

Interview mit Nadja Saidakova, Primaballerina am Staatsballett Berlin

Mein schönstes Weihnachtsgeschenk war dieser Ballettkalender. Die sensationellen Fotos der Primaballerina Nadja Saidakova erfreuen mich jeden Tag. Das März-Foto von Nadja und Michael Banzhaf erhielt erst jetzt eine besondere Bedeutung, denn Michael Banzhaf gab am 1. März 2017 seine Abschiedsvorstellung. Continue reading “Magie der Ballettfotografie”