Polina Semionova and Roberto Bolle in pas de deux from Apollo. Music by Igor Stravinsky, choreography by George Balanchine. Shot on 2014.09.27, State Kremlin Palace, Kremlin Gala: The Ballet Stars of 21.th Century.
Polina Semionova is Principal with the American Ballet Theatre. She was born in Moscow in 1984, is a classical ballet dancer and Principal with the American Ballet Theatre (ABT). Polina studyied at the Bolshoi Ballet School in Moscow, Russia. She graduated in 2002, joined the Ballet Staatsoper Berlin as a principal upon the invitation of Vladimir Malakhov, becoming the youngest principal in the company’s history at the age of 18. She toured Japan as Malakhov’s partner, the reason he had invited her to be a principal in the company.
Roberto Bolle is currently a principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). He was born 1975 in Casale Monferrato in the Piedmont Region of Italy. He began ballet studies at age seven at a local school, and was accepted at the La Scala theatre ballet school in Milan at the age of eleven.In 1996, twenty year old Bolle was promoted to principal dancer at La Scala. He left that position when he was 21 to pursue a freelance career. During the 2003-2004 season, he was promoted to etoile of La Scala Theatre. He and also holds guest artist status with The Royal Ballet and La Scala Theatre Ballet, making regular appearances with both companies.
Apollo is a ballet in two tableaux composed between 1927 and 1928 by Igor Stravinsky. It was choreographed in 1928 by balletmaster George Balanchine, with the composer contributing the libretto. The story centres on Apollo, the Greek god of music, who is visited by three muses: Terpsichore, muse of dance and song; Polyhymnia, muse of mime; and Calliope, muse of poetry. The ballet plainly takes Classical antiquity as its subject, though its plot suggests a contemporary situation. It is concerned with the reinvention of tradition, since its inspiration is “classique”, or even post-baroque; nevertheless, it uses a chamber orchestra, with only 34 string instruments.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the State Kremlin Palace and ms. Anastasia Kulikova, special thanks Konstantin Yaroshevsky.