Olesya Novikova (Rus. Олеся Новикова) as Raymonda and Timur Askerov (Rus. Тимур Аскеров) as Jean de Brienne. Raymonda, music by Alexander Glazunov, libretto by Lidia Pashkova and Marius Petipa, choreography by Marius Petipa (1898), revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev (1948) with choreographic fragments by Fyodor Lopukhov. Set and costume design by Simon Virsaladze. Conductor Gavriel Heine. Shot on 18.1.2017 in Mariinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, Russia.
Olesya Novikova (Rus. Олеся Новикова) is First Soloist with Mariinsky Theatre ballet company. She was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). Olesya graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2002 (class of Marina Vasilieva), joined the Mariinsky Ballet upon her graduation.
Timur Askerov (Rus. Тимур Аскеров) is a Principal with Mariinsky Ballet. Born in Baku (Azerbaijan), graduated from the Baku School of Dance in 2008. The same year, he joined the Azerbaijan State Academic Mirza Fatali Akhundov Opera and Ballet Theatre. From 2009–2011 he worked at the National Academic Shevchenko Opera and Ballet Theatre of Ukraine. He joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2011.
Photo by Jack Devant ballet photography © with kind permission of the Mariinsky Theatre, special thanks to Ekaterina Ordovskaya.