Katherina Markowskaja as Marie and Maxim Chashchegorov as Günther in Der Nussknacker (The Nutcracker), Maries dream rehearsal scene at Bayerische Staatsoper (Bavarian State Opera), Munich. Taken on 18.1.2014.
Katherina Markowskaja is currently First Soloist with Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. She was born in Kiev, Ukraine where she completed her training at the National Ballet Academy of Arts. As a student, she was cast in performances of the National Ballet of Kiev. At the age of sixteen, she accepted a scholarship of the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation, offered to her by Konstanze Vernon. Ms. Markowskaja graduated from the Ballet-Academy Munich and subsequently joined the Saxon State Opera Ballet Dresden under artistic director Vladimir Derevianko. She was promoted to the rank of first soloist two years later. In 1999, she received the Mary Wigman Award.
Maxim Chashchegorov is a First Soloist with Bavarian State Ballet in Munich. He was born in Russia, received his dance education at the Ballet Academy in St Petersburg. Directly after his graduation he became a member of the corps de ballet from the Mariinsky Theatre and started soon to impersonate bigger roles as the prince Siegfried / Rotbart in Swanlake, Blue bird in Sleeping Beauty, and was for example to see in more modern roles like Four Temperaments (G. Balanchine) and different choreographies of William Forsythe. After his guest-performance as Blue Bird in spring 2007, he now is engaged as a soloist of the Bavarian State Ballet from the season 2007/2008 on. Since 2009/2010 he is a first Soloist.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Bayerische Staatsoper and Bayerisches Staatsballett, special thanks to Mr Wolfgang Oberender, Miss Susanne Ullmann and Miss Baumgärtel.