Our trusty secret source in LA has come through again with a peek at a profile of Diana Vishneva from the LA Times. The actual article is a premium service (have to pay to read). They talk about the grueling 24-hour flight from Russia and apparently Vishneva came straight to Berkeley after doing a Juliet in Finland with Vladimir Malakhov! Here is a quote:
by Chris Pasles
But when she starts talking about dance and the Maryinsky, she shakes off her
fatigue and becomes animated and excited.
"Some people say, 'Enjoy your life, enjoy your dancing on stage and just be
happy,' " she says, speaking through an interpreter as she relaxes in the
back of a limousine speeding to Berkeley. "That's not enough for me. My
concept of dance is pretty far from just enjoying it. I need to express my
internal feelings, and this is more important than just enjoying being on
As for stardom: "I never can do that alone. I have behind me the whole
company, the coaches, the teachers, the partners with whom I am dancing. I
always remember I represent the Maryinsky Theater. All that I have is because
I am from there. It's an honor for me to be one of the presenters of the
The piece goes on to talk about how Vasiev really nurtured three ballerinas after he started to as Artistic Director: Lopatkina, Zakharova and Vishneva... "All vastly different."
The article can be accessed from the main arts page here
, but if anyone can find a better more direct link, please do post!
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