Nadja Saidakova and Vladimir Malakhov in Leda and The Swan, choreography by Roland Petit, music by Johann Sebastiastian Bach. Taken on 20.1.2014, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Malakhov and Friends — The Final ballet gala.
Vladimir Malakhov (born Krivoy Rog, Ukraine, 7 Jan. 1968). Russian dancer. Studied at the Moscow Ballet School and danced with Moscow Classical Ballet, the Vienna State Opera Ballet, and the National Ballet of Canada. In 1995 joined American Ballet Theatre as a principal, where Nacho Duato’s Without Words was created especially for him. Also danced regularly with Stuttgart Ballet. Made his choreographic debut in 1999 with his own staging of La Bayadère for the Vienna State Opera. In 2004 he became artistic director of the Staatsballett Berlin.
Nadja Saidakova is First Soloist at Staatsballett Berlin. She was born in Izhevsk, Russia. She studied at State Ballet Academy in Perm. She danced with the Moscow Classical Ballet before she in 1991 joined the Deutschen Oper am Rhein as a soloist. In 1995 she joined the Staatsoper Unter den Linden Berlin (now Staatsballet Berlin) as a principal.
Roland Petit (January 13, 1924 – July 10, 2011) was a French choreographer and dancer. He trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet school, and became well known for his creative ballets. He created of more than 50 ballets across all genres, he choreographed for a plethora of famed international dancers. He refused the free technical effects; he did not stop reinventing his style, language, and became a master in the arts of pas de deux and of narrative ballet, but he succeeded also in abstract ballets.
Leda and the Swan is a story and subject in art from Greek mythology in which the god Zeus, in the form of a swan, seduces Leda. According to later Greek mythology, Leda bore Helen and Polydeuces, children of Zeus.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Staatsballett Berlin and Vladimir Malakhov. Special thanks to Eva Czaja