Iana Salenko, Ivan Vasiliev and troupe of Kremlin ballet in The Talisman Grand pas d’ensemble. Music by Riccardo Drigo, choreography by Marius Petipa, new version by Vasily Medvedev. Shot in the State Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia) on 15.10.2016, Kremlin Gala 2016.
Iana Salenko is Principal Dancer with Staatsballett Berlin. She was born in 1983 in Kiev. From 1995 Iana attended the Pisarev Ballet School in Donezk an graduated in 2000 as a professional dancer. She danced from 2000-2002 at the Donezk Opera House as a soloist and then as a principal dancer at the National Opera in Kiev. In 2005 joined the Berlin State Ballet where she is now first soloist.
Ivan Vasiliev (Rus. Иван Васильев) is a Principal with with the American Ballet Theatre and Mikhailovsky Ballet Company. He was born in Vladivostok, Russia. He studied at the Dnepropetrovsk Ballet School in Ukraine and later at the Belorussian State Choreographic College in Minsk, graduating in 2006 (class of Alexander Kolyadenko). Vasiliev danced Basil in Don Quixote and Ali in Le Corsaire with the Belorus National Ballet while still a student at the College. In 2006, he was invited to join Bolshoi Ballet as a soloist, making his debut with the company, at the age of 17, as Basil in Don Quixote. He was promoted to the rank of principal dancer in May 2010. In December 2011, he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the State Kremlin Palace, Kremlin Gala production company, special thanks ms. Alisa Aslanova.