Farewell by Kristina Kretova and Igor Kolb

Farewell by Kristina Kretova and Igor Kolb, music by Michael J. Powell, choreography by Yuri Smekalov. Taken at Dance Open Vilnius 2013.

Kristina Kretova Kristina Kretova Kristina Kretova and Igor Kolb Kristina Kretova and Igor Kolb

Kristina Kretova is currently leading soloist in Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Russia. She was born in Orel. In 2002 she graduated from the Moscow State Choreographic Academy (classes of Lyudmila Kolenchenko, Marina Leonova, Elena Bobrova) and joined the Kremlin Ballet Theater, where she danced the leading roles. In 2010 she took the position of a principal dancer at the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre. In the season of 2011/2012 she joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. Her teacher-repetiteur is Nina Semizorova.

Igor Kolb is a principal dancer of Mariinsky (St Petersburg, Russia), he was born June 6, 1977 in Pinsk, Belarus. He graduated Byelorussia State Ballet School, and joined Mariinsky ballet in 1996. He became a soloist in 1998, and promoted to principal dancer in 2003.[1] He made his debut at the Rome Opera in Rudolf Nureyev’s version of Sleeping Beauty in 2002, and in 2006 he made his debut at the Wiener Staatsoper in Rudolf Nureyev’s version of Swan Lake.

Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography © with kind permission of the Dance Open, Lithuanian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, special thanks to Ekaterina Galanova, Karina Matvejeva and Adelia Mukhamedzhanova.

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