By the way, Lopatkina granted a very
long inteview to Izvestia
newspaper that was published on her 35th birthday on October 23, 2008. For those who can read Russian, the article is here:
Some of what she talks about have already been mentioned in interviews to English-language newspapers (particularly one to the Times of London in 2005), but she did say in the article that:
1) She has great admiration for Rodion Shchedrin and Maya Plisetskaya, who celebrated their 50th anniversary together just recently (Lopatkina was at the 50th anniversary celebration in Moscow).
2) She doesn't sound like she's ready to become Deputy Director of Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre just yet. (I think she's being very humble about this; Lopatkina has enough appreciation of classical ballet and enough connections with the Mariinsky management and the Vaganova Academy that the job is hers when she's ready to take this role. I don't think Lopatkina wants to be a Vaganova instructor, because I see her more interested in the historical side of the Mariinsky Theatre.)
3) It appears she wants to follow the footsteps (literally!) of Plisetskaya and to more modern dance work like what Plisetskaya was doing by the early 1970's.