Evelina Godunova and Motomi Kiyota in Le Corsaire

Evelina Godunova and Motomi Kiyota in Le Corsaire, music by Adolphe Adam, Riccardo Drigo and Ludwig Minkus, choreography by Marius Petipa and Joseph Mazilier. Ballet Icons Gala 2024, London Coliseum, March 2024.

Evelina Godunova is currently a Soloist with the Polish National Ballet. Evelina was born in 1991 in Riga. Graduated from the Riga Choreography School in 2010, studied with the Royal Ballet academy, Moscow Ballet Academy, had classes in Wien. Started her artistic career on the Latvian National Opera stage at the age 11. In 2015, Evelina Godunova was nominated for the Latvian Theatre Award Spēlmaņu nakts as the best dancer of the Season 2014/2015 for the role of Juliette (Romeo and Juliette). Danced as Soloist of the Universal Ballet in Seoul. In 2017, she became the first female Latvian Ballerina who won a Gold Medal and Special Prize at the prestige Moscow International Ballet Competition. Since 2018 Evelina is the First Soloist at Staatsballett Berlin. Nominated as the Best Dancer of the Year 2018 by Dance Europe ballet magazine. Winner of the Moscow Competition XXIII in Russia.

Motomi Kiyota is a Grand sujet with the Hungarian National Opera Ballet company.

© Photos by Jack Devant Ballet Photography with kind permission of the Ballet Icons Gala, special thanks to Olga Balakleets

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