Bolshoi Theatre's prima ballerina danced the part of Anna Karenina in Saint Petersburg
The Saint Petersburg audience had a chance to see the ballerina Ekaterina Shipulina (Moscow) onstage at the Alexandrinsky Theatre on Tuesday. The Bolshoi Theatre's prima and an Honored Artist of the Russian Federation performed the main part in the ballet "Anna Karenina" staged by the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet. The ballerina said: - I have already worked with Boris Eifman; he staged the production of "Russian Hamlet" at the Bolshoi Theatre. At that point, we established good creative contact and the choreographer invited me to cooperate in the future. However, I could not find time to come to St. Petersburg and rehears a part in a production for a long time. According to Shipulina, she was "very enthusiastic" about the idea of dancing the part of Anna Karenina because she considers this part to be "very bright and comprehensive" and this ballet - "very interesting". Besides, the ballerina was attracted by the opportunity to prove herself in a completely new kind of production. This involved rather hard physical work: plastique required for Boris Eifman's ballets is very different from that required for classical ballet, and, moreover, the production based on Tolstoy's novel is one of the choreographer's most difficult and complicated ballets. This is especially true about the title part. The ballerina mentioned: - It would be great if we were lucky enough to reunite again, whether we are talking about this ballet or any other production, and to find free time in our busy schedules. At the moment I am dancing only two performances with the Saint Petersburg company but I hope that our cooperation will not be limited to this. Besides, such a creative experience is truly invaluable.
Photo: Evgeny Matveev, the press-office of the St. Petersburg Eifman Ballet