Maria Kochetkova and Igor Tsvirko in Le Corsaire pdd, music Adolphe Adam, choreography by Marius Petipa. Shot in the State Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia) on 15.10.2016, Kremlin Gala 2016.
Maria Kochetkova is currently Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT) and San Francisco Ballet. She was born in Moscow. Maria trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School for eight years before dancing with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in London. She joined the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2007 and has performed as a guest artist with many Theatres.
Igor Tsvirko (Rus. Игорь Цвирко) is leading soloist with Bolshoi Theatre. He was born in Odintsovo (Moscow Region). In 2007, on completing his studies at the Moscow Choreographic Academy where he studied with Alexander Bondarenko, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. He rehearses with Alexander Vetrov.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the State Kremlin Palace, Kremlin Gala production company, special thanks ms. Alisa Aslanova.