Maia Makhateli and James Stout ( Dutch National Ballet) in the Duet of Mata and Vadim from Mata Hari, music by Tarik O’Regan, choreography by Ted Brandsen. Benois de la Danse Charity Gala, shot 22.5.2019, in The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow.
Maia Makhateli (born in Tbilisi, Georgia) is a Principal the Dutch National Ballet. Maia is trained at the Choreographic Institute of Vakhtang Chabukiani in her hometown. At the age of sixteen she left to United States, where she trained at the San Valley Ballet School in Idaho. After that she danced four years at the Colorado Ballet. In 2006, she switched to the Birmingham Royal Ballet, but she found England ‘too cold and grey’ and auditioned for the Dutch National Ballet, where she started as a grand sujet in 2007. In 2009, she was promoted to soloist and a year later to principal.
James Stout (Calgary, Canada) 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, 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 Benois de la Danse and Bolshoi Theatre, special thanks to Nina Kudriavtseva-Loory.