Lucia Lacarra and Marlon Dino (guest Stars at Dortmund Ballet) in the Lady of the Camellias adagio, music by Frederic Chopin, choreography by Val Caniparoli. Shot in the State Kremlin Palace (Moscow, Russia) on 15.10.2016, Kremlin Gala 2016.
Lucia Lacarra (b.1975) is a Spanish ballet dancer who has been a principal with the Bayerisches Staatsballett (Bavarian State Opera Ballet) since 2002. A recipient of the Prix Benois de la Danse, she was named the Dancer of the Decade in 2011, at the World Ballet Stars Gala in Saint Petersburg. Born in the Basque town of Zumaia, Gipuzkoa, Lacarra was interested in dance from an early age but only received training from the age of 10 when a ballet school opened in her home town. Attended Víctor Ullate’s school in Madrid, along with Tamara Rojo and Angel Corella. She soon became a member of his Ballet de Victor Ullate, dancing George Balanchine’s Allegro Brillante when she was 15.
After four seasons with Ullate, she moved to Roland Petit’s Ballet de Marseille as a principal, dancing leading Esmeralda in his Notre Dame de Paris. In 1997, she joined the San Francisco Ballet where she performed in various classical and contemporary works, taking the title role in Helgi Tómasson’s Giselle (1999). There, she paired with the Frenchman, Cyril Pierre, whom she married in 1998. In 2002, Lacarra moved to Munich where she became a principal with the Bayerisches Staatsballett, partnering Cyril Pierre with whom she has participated in guest performances around the world. From 2007, she began a dancing partnership with Marlon Dino which led to their marriage in 2010. In 2002, Lacarra received the Nijinsky Award. In 2003, at a gala in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre she was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse as best female dancer for her role of Tatjana in Cranko’s Onegin. In 2011, at the World Ballet Stars Gala in St Petersburg, she was named the Dancer of the Decade.
Marlon Dino was born in Albania and trained at the School of Choreography and Ballet in Tirana. In 1998, he joined the Genève Dance Center under the direction of David Allen. Thereafter in 2001 he danced for the Ballet of the Vienna State Opera. He became member of the Corps de ballet of the Bavarian State Ballet in 2002, where he danced a solo part in Jiří Kylián’s Six Dances. He created two choreographies within the State Ballet’s Young Choreographers programme. He was promoted to Soloist rank in autumn 2005 and at the beginning of the season 2007/2008 to Soloist rank. During the season 2009/2010 he became Principal Dancer.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the State Kremlin Palace, Kremlin Gala production company, special thanks ms. Alisa Aslanova.