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A star is born

Published: December 16, 2005 (Issue # 1131)



  • A dancer with classical beauty and world class talent, Yevgenia Obraztsova is currently preparing for her part in Faust next spring.
    Photo: For The St. Petersburg Times

PARIS A young ballerina from the Mariinsky Theater is becoming an international star on stage and screen.

Yevgenia Obraztsova, 21, has found herself very busy after a recent promotion from coryphee dancer (a rank above corps de ballet) to second soloist.

She is currently making a guest appearance at the Baltimore Ballet in The Nutcracker, while last week she made a fine impression during the Mariinskys season in Paris dancing in four different programmes.

She is also striking out in movies with a role in Russian Dolls, directed by Cedric Klapisch.

Endowed with a well-proportioned body and a beautiful face, her dancing is lucid and has a youthful freshness and radiance.

Obraztsova met with The St. Petersburg Times in a restaurant near the Theatre du Chatelet in Paris last week where the Mariinsky Ballet were performing part of the companys Balanchine programme.

Obraztsova was surprisingly unfatigued by her hectic routine, but was glad to be relaxing in the restaurant for an hour.

Paris is a wonderful and beautiful city, the dancer said.

Paris was one of the locations for Russian Dolls, which was released earlier this year and is now available on DVD. The film is a sequel to Klapischs earlier hit (known variously as LAuberge espagnole, Euro Pudding or The Spanish Apartment) about the romantic adventures of an international cast of langauge students.

How did Obraztsova get this acting role?

One day I was in the Mariinsky Theater, and the director of the film came up to me and asked: Can you please do something in front of the camera? Just say something like, Hello, my name is Yevgenia. I followed his suggestion, and he said to me, OK, I hope to see you. In the film, I spoke in English as well as Russian. It was great, and I really hope to get another acting role in future.

A lot has happened to this young star in the last six months.

Last month Obraztsova danced for the Rome Opera Ballet in a new production of Cinderella with another guest artist, Giuseppe Picone. Carla Fracci, the renowned Italian ballerina who is now the companys artistic director, extended the special invitation to Obraztsova.

Perhaps Carla Fracci heard about me winning the Moscow International Ballet Competition. I think that [Mariinsky principal dancer] Andrian Fadeyev recommended me to the Rome company to dance Cinderella. He guested in Rome earlier this year.

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