Evgenia Obraztsova and Denis Rodkin in The Talisman pas de deux, music by Riccardo Drigo, choreography by Marius Petipa. Benois de la Danse 2015 laureates Gala concert. Shot on 26th of May 2015 in The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.
Evgenia Obraztsova (Rus. Евгения Образцова) is Principal with the Bolshoi Ballet Moscow. She was born in Leningrad (St. Petersburg) 1984 to a family of ballet dancers. Obraztsova graduated from Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, St. Petersburg, Marina Vasilieva’s class (trained also by Lyudmila Sofronova and Inna Zubkovskaya), in 2002, and joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company the same year. Since 2010, Evgenia Obraztsova has been guest soloist with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. In 2012, she joined Bolshoi Ballet. She is coached by Nadezhda Gracheva. She has won several awards, including the Gold Medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2005. Also an actress, she portrayed a ballerina in the 2005 film The Russian Dolls, and was one of the ballerinas profiled in the 2006 documentary Ballerina.
Denis Rodkin (Rus. Денис Родькин) is leading soloist with Bolshoi Ballet Moscow. He was born in Moscow. In 2009 he graduated from the dance school of the Gzhel Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre and joined the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2013 he graduated from the pedagogical faculty of the Moscow State Academy of Dance. Has rehearsed under Nikolai Tsiskaridze currently his repetitour is Yuri Vladimirov.
The Talisman (AKA Le Talisman or Il Talismano) – Fantastic ballet in 4 Acts-7 Scenes, with choreography by Marius Petipa, and music by Riccardo Drigo. Libretto by Konstantin Augustovich Tarnovsky and Marius Petipa. It was premièred 1889 at the Imperial Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg, Russia This ballet gave rise to the so-called Talisman Pas de Deux, which is today danced by many ballet companies.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Benois de la Danse and Bolshoi Theatre Moscow, special thanks to Nina Kudriavtseva-Loory, Regina Nikiforova and Denis Savchenko.