Olesya Novikova in famous scarf variation, Raymonda. Music by Alexander Glazunov, libretto by Lidia Pashkova and Marius Petipa, choreography by Marius Petipa (1898), revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev (1948)
with choreographic fragments by Fyodor Lopukhov. Set and costume design by Simon Virsaladze. Conductor Gavriel Heine. Shot on 18.1.2017 in Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia.
Olesya Novikova (Rus. Олеся Новикова) is currently a First Soloist with Mariinsky Ballet. Olesya was born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg). She graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2002 (class of Marina Vasilieva, Honoured Artist of Russia) and joined the Mariinsky Ballet upon her graduation. She became first soloist in March 2008. Olesya has danced also with Mikhailovsky Theatre and La Scala. She is in a relationship with the dancer Leonid Sarafanov.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Mariinsky Theatre, special thanks to Ekaterina Ordovskaya.