The ‘Saint Petersburg Theatre Classic Ballet of Marina Medvetskaya’ (to give the company its full title) was formed in early 1996. Though a relatively young company, the artists and staff are a cross-section of the best of the Russian tradition in Classical Ballet, whilst actively seeking to inspire a new generation of Russian and international choreographers to contribute to its repertoire. This month sees the company make a welcome return to Lighthouse from 24-28 January with Giselle and Swan Lake.
If you've ever wondered what life is like for a principal dancer on tour with the ballet, read on for our interview with Natalia Romanova ...
Tell us a little bit about yourself. Have you always wanted to be a dancer, how long have you been dancing, and how long have you been a member of Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet?
My name is Natalia Romanova, I studied at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and was fortunate to be trained by the legendary dancer Natalia Dudinskaya. In 1996 I joined Saint Petersburg Classic Ballet since when I have worked as a soloist under the tutelage of Marina Medvetskaya.
How many hours a day do you normally train/have class?
I usually practice around 6 hours a day, working on performance technique with Marina Medvetskaya, to whom I am very grateful for her ability to teach us dancers to live the roles we dance ready for the live theatre performances.
If you have any spare time what do you like to do apart from dance?
In my spare time I usually spend time with my family.
Which is your favourite ballet to dance and why?
My favorite performance… Well to tell you the truth I love ballet so all of the performances I dance are close to my heart
Are you looking forward to touring the UK and Ireland?
Yes, it is a dream for us to perform in British theatres.
You’re touring the UK and Ireland with Giselle and Swan Lake - what parts will you be dancing?
I will be dancing the main roles in both of our ballets, partnered with Petr Borchenko who is a Laureate of the International Ballet Competition (Varna). Previous winners include Mikhail Barishnikov and Sylvie Guillem.
What can people expect to see when they come to see SPCB perform?
I hope and believe that our ballet performances will bring audiences in Great Britain spiritual pleasure and joy. These talented winners of the international competition of young dancers will provide special performances. We have beautiful scenery and costumes. The imaginative dancers perform their roles with grace and beauty.