Maria Eichwald and Roberto Bolle in Mono Lisa, music by Thomas Höfs, choreography by Itzik Galili. Kremlin Gala 2018, shot in State Kremlin Palace on 7.10.2018.
Maria Eichwald (born at Talgar, Kazakhstan) is a Kazakhstani ballet dancer who has 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 2004, Eichwald caused a scandal in the press when she abruptly left the company to accept an offer from the celebrated Stuttgart Ballet in Stuttgart, Germany. Eichwald continues to be an international ballet favorite among critics and audiences alike and is known for her exceptional skill and technique.
Roberto Bolle is currently a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and a principal dancer étoile at La Scala Theatre Ballet. He was born 1975 in Casale Monferrato in the Piedmont Region of Italy. He began ballet studies at age seven at a local school, and was accepted at the La Scala theatre ballet school in Milan at the age of eleven.In 1996, twenty year old Bolle was promoted to principal dancer at La Scala. He left that position when he was 21 to pursue a freelance career. During the 2003-2004 season, he was promoted to etoile of La Scala Theatre. He and also holds guest artist status with The Royal Ballet and La Scala Theatre Ballet, making regular appearances with both companies.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the State Kremlin Palace, Kremlin Gala production company, special thanks to Katarina Bornovitskaya