Virna Toppi and Osiel Gouneo in Excelsior, music by Romualdo Marenco, choreography by Ugo Dell’Ara. Shot at Dance Open 2019 Gala on 29.4.2019 in Alexandrinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg.
Virna Toppi is a Principal Dancer with Teatro alla Scala di Milano. Born in Milan, Italy the 24 December 1992. At the age of 8, Virna Toppi started studyng dance at “Collegio arte e Danza” of Seveso, Milan. In June 2003 she has been admitted at “La Scala Theatre’s Academy Ballet School” and graduated in May 2011. In 2011, Virna started working with the “Semperoper Ballet” in Dresden (Germany) like Corp de Ballet. In June 2012, she started working with “Teatro alla Scala di Milano”. In June 2014, has been promoted Soloist. In 2018, Virna has been promoted Principal Dancer.
Osiel Gouneo is a Principal with Bayerisches Staatsballett. Born in 1990 in Matanzas, Cuba, he began his training at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana in 2005. In 2008 he joined the Cuban National Ballet, where he was appointed a principal dancer in 2011. Afterwards, Osiel Gouneo danced with the Norwegian National Ballet for three years. With the beginning of the 2016/17 season, he joined the the Bayerisches Staatsballett as a principal dancer. Besides his performances with the Bayerisches Staatsballett, Osiel Gouneo also guests as a principal dancer with the English National Ballet, the Royal Danish Ballet and numerous dance festivals and galas.
Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Dance Open ballet festival and Ekaterina Galanova, special thanks to Kristina Proku.