Anna Tsygankova and James Stout in On the nature of daylight, music Max Richter, choreography David Dawson. Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019 in the Coliseum Theatre, London, 31.3.2019.
Anna Tsygankova is Principal with Dutch National Ballet in Netherlands. Anna was born in Novosibirsk, Russia. She graduated from Novosibirsk Ballet Academy, danced with Bolshoi Ballet (Moscow, Russia), the Hungarian National Ballet and the Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper. Anna trained also at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grace in Monte Carlo. Since 2007 she is with HET Nationale (Dutch National Ballet).
The Canadian-British dancer James Stout (Calgary) is a Principal with Dutch National Ballet. He got interested in dance through his parents’ Argentinian tango dance club. From an early age, he helped out as a dance partner at the milongas (dance evenings). He went on to take lessons in ballroom and ballet, among other things. At the age of thirteen, he went to The School of Alberta Ballet – “because they needed boys”. Later on, he trained with the Goh Ballet Academy in Vancouver; a period of tough, completely Chinese-oriented training that he says formed him. The final year of James’s training was spent at The Royal Ballet School in London. Partly due to his great admiration for the former star principal Sofiane Sylve, James decided to join Dutch National Ballet in 2007, where he was promoted to soloist in season 2012-2013.
Photos by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Ensemble Productions, special thanks to Olga Balakleets and Kristina Buravcova.