Liudmila Konovalova and Giuseppe Picone in La Bayadère, music Ludwig Minkus, choreography by Marius Petipa. Russian Ballet Icons Gala 2019 in the Coliseum Theatre, London, 31.3.2019.
Liudmila Konovalova is currently a Principal with Wiener Staatsoper ballet company. Liudmila was born in Moscow, Russia. She graduated from Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy and joined the Russian State Ballet in 2002. In 2004 she was appointed First Soloist. In 2007 she joined the Staatsballett Berlin and was appointed Soloist in 2009. In 2010 she joined the Wiener Staatsballett as a Soloist. In 2011 she was appointed First Soloist.
Giuseppe Picone (born 1976) is an Italian ballet dancer. Picone was born in Naples, Italy and trained at the Ballet School of the Teatro di San Carlo. At the age of twelve he was chosen by Beppe Menegatti to dance the role of the young Nijinsky in the world première of the ballet Nijinsky, with Carla Fracci and Vladimir Vasiliev. He also trained at the Accademia Nazionale di Danza in Rome. He joined Ballet National de Nancy as a soloist. In 1993 he joined the English National Ballet in London as demi-soloist, where he danced until 1997, and then, at age 21, he was the first male Italian dancer to enter the American Ballet Theatre in New York as a soloist. Since 2016 he has been Director of the Teatro di San Carlo di Napoli Ballet Company.
Photos by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Ensemble Productions, special thanks to Olga Balakleets and Kristina Buravcova.