#TBT: Julie Kent and Vladimir Malakhov in Giselle

For those who have eagerly followed Julie Kent‘s illustrious career, all eyes turned to DC when she took the job as The Washington Ballet’s new artistic director. This week, audiences are getting a taste of what the company looks like under her leadership, as the spring season begins. Kent chose to kick off her inauguralMore »

#TBT: Diana Vishneva and Vladimir Malakhov in Kazimir’s Colors

Paintings infrequently inspire ballets. Notable exceptions include Yuri Possokhov’s Magrittomania, based on the works of surrealist painter René Magritte, and Christopher Wheeldon’s recent Strapless, centered on the woman in John Singer Sargent’s painting “Madame X.” Different though Magritte and Sargent’s paintings are, they both depict people in one way or another—ready material for choreographers. Thus,More »

Inner Resolve & Outer Splendor

Last April when Staatsballett Berlin principal Polina Semionova made her NYC debut performing in the Youth America Grand Prix gala, her mere appearance on the stage elicited screams of delight from the aspiring dancers in the audience. They knew the young star from a video, “Demo (Letzter Tag),” in which she dances a sweet andMore »

The Man In Charge

It’s morning in a booming, revitalized Berlin and the principal’s class at Staatsballett Berlin is just starting center. Even in a studio packed with the company’s most accomplished dancers, artistic director and dancer Vladimir Malakhov stands out. At 39, he moves with lightness and authority, extending his elegant line while working just as hard asMore »