Maria Vinogradova and Denis Rodkin in The Last Tango

Maria Vinogradova (Rus. Мария Виноградова) and Denis Rodkin (Rus. Денис Родькин) in The Last Tango, music by Astor Piazzolla, choreography by Vyacheslav Gordeev. Cellist Borislav Struyev. Kremlin Gala 2015, Ballet Stars of 21st Century. Shot on 26.9.2015 in The State Kremlin Palace, Moscow.

Maria Vinogradova and Denis Rodkin in The Last Tango

Maria Vinogradova and Denis Rodkin in The Last Tango

Maria Vinogradova and Denis Rodkin in The Last Tango

Maria Vinogradova and Denis Rodkin in The Last Tango

Maria Vinogradova and Denis Rodkin in The Last Tango

Maria Vinogradova and Denis Rodkin in The Last Tango

Maria Vinogradova (Rus. Мария Виноградова) is currently Leading Soloist with Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. She was born in Moscow, graduated 2006 from Moscow State Academy of Choreography (pedagogue Natalya Revich). Same year she was included to the troupe of Bolshoi Theatre, repetitor Tatiana Golikova.

Denis Rodkin (Rus. Денис Родькин) is leading soloist with Bolshoi Ballet Moscow. He was born in Moscow. In 2009 he graduated from the dance school of the Gzhel Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre and joined the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2013 he graduated from the pedagogical faculty of the Moscow State Academy of Dance. Has rehearsed under Nikolai Tsiskaridze currently his repetitour is Yuri Vladimirov.

Vyacheslav Gordeev, Russian choreographer and dancer was born 1948 in Moscow. He studied at the Moscow Ballet Academy (Piotr Pestov’s class), and upon graduation in 1968 he joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where soon he was promoted to the soloist, and then became the Principal dancer. In 1972 V. Gordeev participated in National Ballet Competition and got the Second Prize. At the International Moscow Ballet Competition in 1973 he got the first prize and the Gold medal. In 1981 he began his choreographic activity. In 1984 he founded and headed Moscow State Theatre “Russian Ballet”, where he stages about 30 ballets.

The Last Tango was staged by Vyacheslav Gordeev for Bolshoi Theatre. Many theatre critics heralded it as one of the most intriguing ballet premieres of the year. The first act is a divertissement composed of four concert pieces set to the music of Mozart, Chopin, Ravel, and Handel. The second act is based on the famous Bertolucci’s film, “The Last Tango in Paris.”

Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the State Kremlin Palace, special thanks ms. Anastasia Kulikova.

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