Melody, performed by Irina Perren and Marat Shemiunov from Mikhailovsky Theatre. Music by Christoph Willibald Gluck, choreography by Asaf Messerer.
Asaf Mikhailovich Messerer (Russian: Асаф Михайлович Мессерер, November 19, 1903 – March 7, 1992) was a Russian Jewish ballet dancer and ballet teacher. He was born in Vilnius, Lithuania. From 1919 until 1921 he trained as a dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet School under Mikhail Mordkin. He then joined the Bolshoi Theatre, where he became a successful soloist, eventually becoming their chief soloist, a post he retired from in 1954.
Today Messerer is best remembered as a choreographer and an instructor; he was both the choreographer and ballet master for the Bolshoi Theatre. His book Classes in Classical Ballet is a thorough study of proper ballet technique and is still used today.
Irina Petten has born in 1980 in Leningrad (St Petersburg), in 1998 she graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. The same year joined the Mikhailovsky Theatre.
Her repertory includes: Odette/Odile (Swan Lake); Princess Aurora, The Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty); Giselle (Giselle); Masha (The Nutcracker); Kitri (Don Quixote); Nikiya, Gamzatti (La Bayadère); Raymonda (Raymonda); Medora (Le Corsaire); Soloist (Paquita)
Magnolia (Cipollino); Valeria, Sabina (Spartacus); Juliet (Romeo and Juliet); Moor’s Wife (The Moor’s Pavane); Laurencia (Laurencia); In a Minor Key (chor. by Slava Samodurov)
Nunc Dimittis, chor. by Nacho Duato; Without Words, chor. by Nacho Duato
Prelude, chor. by Nacho Duato; Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, chor. by Nacho Duato.
Irina won gold medals at the Rieti International Ballet Competition (2002); Arabesque International Competition in Perm (2002); St Petersburg’s theatre highest award Golden Soffit in the category Best Female Ballet Role for Medora in Le Corsaire (2009); Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation (2010); Soul of Dance Award-2010 (category ‘Star’)
Marat Shemiunov was born in Leningrad (St Petersburg) in 1983, he graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of professor Yury Tsvetkov) in 2001 and the same year joined the Mikhailovsky Theatre in 2001.
His repertory includes: Jean de Brienne, Abderakhman (Raymonda); Prince Siegfried, Rothbart (Swan Lake); Soloist (Paquita); Conrad, Said Pasha (Le Corsaire); The High Brahmin (La Bayadére); Spartacus, Crassus (Spartacus); Prince Lemon (Cipollino)
Don Quixote (Don Quixote); Paris (Romeo and Juliet); Count (Giselle); Prince, Drosselmeyer (The Nutcracker); Frondoso (Laurencia); Duende chor. by Nacho Duato
Prelude, chor. by Nacho Dauto; King Florestan (The Sleeping Beauty, chor. by Nacho Duato); Bach (Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness, chor. by Nacho
Duato); Lord Capulet (Romeo and Juliet, chor. by Nacho Duato)
He won diploma of the International ballet competition in Rieti, Italy in 2003.
Photos by Jack Devant © with kind permission of the Dance Open, special thanks to Ekaterina Galanova, Julia Martina, Daria Donova and Adelia Mukhamedzhanova.