Angelina Vorontsova and Leonid Sarafanov in act 2 The Sleeping Beauty

Angelina Vorontsova as Princess Aurora and Leonid Sarafanov as Prince Desire in act 2, The Sleeping Beauty. Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography by Nacho Duato, lighting Brad Fields, costumes and stage Angelina Atlagić. Shot on 24.6.2014 in Mikhailovsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia.

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Angelina Vorontsova is a principal with Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg. She was born in Voronezh, in 2003-2008 she studied at the Voronezh State Ballet School in the class of M. Leonkina. In 2008, she entered the Moscow State Ballet Academy (N. Arkhipova’s class). In 2009, she graduated from the Moscow Ballet Academy and joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. She rehearsed with Nikolay Tsiskaridze, who also was her first partner in the performances at the Bolshoi Theatre. She made her debut at the Bolshoi Theatre in the premiere of the ballet The Curse of the House of Usher choreographed by Vladimir Vasiliev. In July 2013, she joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.

Leonid Sarafanov (rus. Леонид Сарафанов) is principal with Mikhailovsky Ballet. He was born in Kiev, Ukraine. In 2000 Sarafanov graduated from the Kiev State School of Choreography and in 2002 joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company. He’s a guest principal with the Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Tokyo Ballet, The Vienna State Opera. He performs principal roles in classical and contemporary repertory. In 2006 he was awarded the International Benois de la Danse Prize. In January 2011 he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet Company.

Juan Ignacio Duato Bárcia, also known as Nacho Duato (born in Valencia, 1957) is a Spanish modern ballet dancer and choreographer. After a long and successful career, he was selected by the Spanish Ministry of Culture and Education as the artistic director of the National Spanish Dance Company (Compañía Nacional de Danza de España) in June 1990. In July 2010 Nacho Duato was appointed the artistic director of the ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, effective from January 2011.

Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Mikhailovsky Theatre, special thanks to Nacho Duato and Valeria Derkach.

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