Daria Sukhorukova as Paquita and Cyril Pierre as Inigo in Paquita, 1.st act, choreography by Marius Petipa and Alexey Ratmansky. Music by Édouard Deldevez and Ludwig Minkus. Shot on 10.12.2014 in Bayerische Staatoper Munich, during main rehearsal. Conductor Myron Romanoul.
Daria Sukhorukova (Rus. Дарья Сухорукова) is principal dancer with Bavarian State Ballet. She was born in St. Petersburg, completed her dance education at Vaganova Academy oc Classical Ballet in her home town and directly received a contract at the Mariinsky Theatre in 2001. In the season 2007/2008, she joined the Bavarian State Ballet as a First Soloist and became a Principal Dancer in the season 2010/2011.
Cyril Pierre is Principal Dancer with Bavarian State Ballet. He was born in Nancy, France, and trained at the Conservatoire of his native town, before joining Serge Golovine’s class at the Ballet School of the Opéra National de Paris. Having graduated, he was engaged at Roland Petit’s Ballet National de Marseille, where he was promoted to first solist in 1990 and to étoile (Principal) in 1992. Four years later, Helgi Tomasson invited him to join the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Together with his former partner Lucia Lacarra he joined the Bavarian State Ballet as a Principal Dancer in autumn 2002. As a guest dancer, Cyril appeared on stages world wide, in full performances (Berlin, Prague, Naples, Milan) as well as in galas, mostly together with his former partner Lucia Lacarra.
Paquita ballet is telling the story of a Spanish gypsy girl called Paquita, who falls in love with a French nobleman called Lucien. Unfortunately, due to their differences in background and social standing, the two characters are incompatible. Later it is discovered that the gypsies are not her real family, and that they saved her from a pirate massacre when she was just a child. Travelling the country, they find and reunite her with her original family, revealing her to be the daughter of a nobleman, and she and Lucien are united.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Bayerische Staatsoper and Bayerisches Staatsballett, special thanks to Mr. Wolfgang Oberender and Miss Susanne Ullmann.