Ksenia Ovsyanick and Denis Vieira in Mesh pas de deux, music Dobrinka Tabakova, choreography George Williamson. Ballet Icons Gala 2021, organized by Ensemble Productions, shot at London Coliseum 26.11.2021.
Ksenia Ovsyanick (prima ballerina with Staatsballett Berlin) started her training in Belorussian State Ballet College, followed by winning a scholarship at Prix de Lausanne to come to English National Ballet School. Her career started with English National Ballet and over the years she performed on the stages around the world including: Opera National de Paris Palais Garner, Royal Opera House Muscat, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Royal Albert Hall London, Buckingham Palace, participated in gala performances in China, Singapore, India, Russia, Chile Greece, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Latvia, Belarus among others, as well as participated in Closing ceremony of Olympics in London 2012. At the age of 20 she danced her first Giselle and was nominated for English National Ballet’s Emerging dancer award.
In march 2012 Ksenia had a title role of Firebird choreographed on her in the world premiere of “Firebird” by George Williamson, which brought her the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for an outstanding performance.
In 2013 Ms Ovsyanick was nominated for “Prix Benois de la Danse” best female dancer award and in 2018 she won “Dance Open“ international Ballet Award in St. Petersburg.
In 2016 she joined Staatsballett Berlin as Principal Ballerina, performing leading roles in Nacho Duato’s Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, the title role in ballet Erde created on her by Duato, as well as Rubies and Diamonds in Balanchine’s Jewels, Giselle, Onegin, Don Quixote, La Bayadere and others. In season 2019/2020 also a Permanent Guest Principal Dancer with Polish National Ballet.
Denis Vieira was born in Brazil. He received his training at the ballet academy of the Teatro Bolshoi no Brasil from 2000 to 2008. He danced as soloist at the Municipal Theatre Ballet of Rio de Janeiro from 2010 to 2014, followed by two years at the Ballett Zurich. Since 2016 is a guest artist at the Staatsballetts Berlin. With the beginning of the 2019/20 season Denis Vieira joins the Bayerisches Staatsballett as first soloist.
Photos by Jack Devant © with kind permission of Ensemble Productions, special thanks to Olga Bakaleets