Maria Eichwald and Filip Barankiewicz in La Sylphide pdd, music by Herman Severin Lovenskiold, choreography by August Bourneville. Gala des Etoiles 2015, Juwelen des Welballetts, shot on 15.th and 16th of May 2015 in Grand Théâtre Luxembourg. Shot on 15.5.2015.
Maria Eichwald is currently Principal Ballerina with Stuttgart Ballet, Germany. Sge was born at Talgar, Kazakhstan, later settled in Germany. Eichwald trained at the national ballet academy in Alma-Ata, Kazakhstan before becoming a soloist dancer at the national theatre. Due to her German ancestry she moved to Germany in 1995. In 1996 she joined the National Theatre Munich where she became a principal dancer in 1999. In Munich she danced a variety of leading roles. She abruptly left the company to accept an offer from the celebrated Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany. Since then, Eichwald has toured the world with the company.
Filip Barankiewicz is currently Principal Dancer with Stuttgart Ballet. He was born in Warsaw, Poland. In 1986, he began his ballet training at the National Ballet School in his home city and performed in various ballets in Warsaw and Lódz. In 1995, he graduated and continued his studies with Marika Besobrasova at the Académie de Dance Classique in Monte Carlo where he received a scholarship sponsored by the Nurejev Foundation and graduated in 1996. Filip joined the Stuttgart Ballet in the same year. He was promoted to Demi Soloist in September 2000, to Soloist in September 2001. His promotion to Principal Dancer followed in September 2002. Filip also completed his ballet pedagogue education in 2003.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Grand Théâtre Luxembourg, special thanks to Georges Richette and Natascha Ipatova.