Anastasia Soboleva as the street dancer (debut) and Mikhail Venshchikov as Espada a toreador in Don Quixote, music by Ludwig Minkus, libretto by Marius Petipa, choreography by Alexander Gorsky, based on Marius Petipa. Performed by Mikhailovsky Theatre, shot on 20.06.2014.
Anastasia Soboleva is first soloist with Mikhailovsky ballet. Nastya studied in 2001-2003 at the Kiev State Ballet School in Ukraine (classes of Zoya Dolgikh and Tatyana Tayakina). In 2010, she graduated from the Moscow State Ballet Academy (classes of Irina Syrova, Natalya Revitch, Marina Leonova). As a graduate, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company, where she has had Nina Semizorova and Ludmila Semenyaka as répétiteurs. For three years at the Bolshoi, she has danced the whole classical repertoire, participated in premières of new productions and performed leading roles. In 2013, she joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company as a ballet soloist.
Mikhail Venshchikov is soloist with Mikhailovsky Ballet. He was born in 1982 in Leningrad (St Petersburg). In 2001 he graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of professor Vitaly Tsvetkov). In 2001, joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Mikhailovsky Theatre and mr Mikhail Messerer, special thanks Valeria Derkach.