Aliya Tanykpayeva (Hungarian State Opera House) and Leonid Sarafanov (the Mikhailovsky Theater, St. Petersburg) in Giselle, music by Adolphe Adam, choreography by Jean Coralli; Jules Perrot. Shot 16.6.2019 in frames of Eurasian Dance Festival 2019, Astana Ballet Theatre, Nur-Sultan, Kazakhstan.
Aliya Tanykpayeva is Prima Ballerina, Étoile with Hungarian State Ballet. She was born in kazakhstan and trained in Almaty National Ballet Academy. Previous theatres: State Ballet Company, Almaty (1999-2001) – principal
Imperial Russian Ballet (2001-2005) – principal; Wiener Staatsoper (2005-2009) – principal; Opernhaus Zürich (2009-2011) – principal.
Leonid Sarafanov (Rus. Леонид Сарафанов) is a Principal with Mikhailovsky Ballet. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2000 Sarafanov graduated from the Kiev State School of Choreography and in 2002 joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company. He’s a guest principal with the Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Tokyo Ballet, The Vienna State Opera. He performs principal roles in classical and contemporary repertory. In 2006 he was awarded the International Benois de la Danse Prize. In January 2011 he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Eurasian Dance Festival, special thanks to Janibek Kaiyr.