Obraztsova at the Royal Opera House in Covent Garden in 2009
18 January 1984 |
St. Petersburg, Russia
|Current group||Mariinsky Theatre, Bolshoi Theatre|
Evgenia Obraztsova (Russian: Евгения Образцова) (born 1984, St. Petersburg) is a Russian ballerina who dances as Prima ballerina with the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow, and with the Mariinsky Ballet as well.   She is frequently invited as a guest soloist to other countries, and is known for dancing leading roles in ballets such as Romeo and Juliet, Ondine, Giselle, and La Sylphide. She has won several awards, including the Gold Medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2005. Also an actress, she portrayed a ballerina in the 2005 film The Russian Dolls, and was one of the ballerinas profiled in the 2006 documentary Ballerina.
She was born in Leningrad (now St. Petersburg) into a family of dancers, as her mother studied under Natalia Dudinskaya and was a member of the company at the Moussorgski Theatre. Obraztsova discovered her dance talents early and passed the entrance exams for the Vaganova School, which trains young dancers in preparation for joining the Mariinsky troupe. She graduated in 2002, having studied with Marina Vasilieva, before joining the company and rapidly proceeding through the ranks, protected and guided by a previous ballet star, the renowned Ninel Kurgapkina. Obraztsova soon learned by reading one of the theater brochures that she had been promoted from "Corps de ballet" to Coryphee (Ballerina) - no one at the theater had informed her of her promotion.
During the 2005/2006 season, she continued to advance, and was offered opportunities to dance in three ballets created for her. In November, Carla Fracci (director of the ballet of the Rome Opera) invited her to perform in Cinderella. In March, Pierre Lacotte chose her for the title role in the reconstruction of the ballet Ondine, and two months later, she returned to Rome to dance in Faust by Luciano Cannito. Inspired by artists such as Diana Vishneva, Ulyana Lopatkina, and Aurélie Dupont, Obrastzova was lauded for creating genuine interpretations, sensitive and intelligent for the key roles. She was particularly acclaimed for her work in Romeo and Juliet. In 2003, she became the youngest dancer in the history of the Mariinsky to interpret the role of Juliet and it became one of her favorite roles.
In high demand, she was again asked to dance the leading role in Vikharev Sergei's The Awakening of Flora in 2007. She also participates in numerous tours with the company, whether in Japan, the United States, France, Austria or Israel, as well as several international galas. In 2008 she took the lead role in Shurale, a ballet by Leonid Jakobson. In November 2009, Obraztsova was also invited to the Royal Ballet, dancing as Aurora in their production of The Sleeping Beauty,partnered with David Makhateli. She then danced at the Rome Opera, in Giselle in February 2010.
After Ondine, she rejoined Pierre Lacotte in the summer of 2010, replacing Isabelle Ciaravola for the role of Constance Bonacieux in The Three Musketeers, a newly choreographed production, along with dancers such as Mathias Heymann, Mathieu Ganio, Dorothée Gilbert, and Marie-Agnès Gillot. A few months later, she danced again with Mathieu Ganio, and both were invited by the Stanislavsky Theater to dance Giselle in Moscow.
In 2005, she took a role as an actress in Cédric Klapisch's The Russian Dolls, where she played Natasha. It was a role very close to her actual life, as Natasha was a young ballerina in the Mariinsky Theater. She never had to audition for the film, and was just noted by chance by Klapisch when he was visiting the Mariinsky. Obraztsova was also profiled in the 2006 documentary Ballerina by Bertrand Normand, which explored the artistic life of dancers such as Ulyana Lopatkina, Svetlana Zakharova, and Diana Vishneva.
- 2002 : Médaille d'or du Prix Vaganova of Saint Petersburg
- 2005 : Gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition
- 2006 : Prix Léonide Massine in Italy
- 2007 : Masque d'or for best dancer for Ondine by Pierre Lacotte
- 2009 : Principal Dancer Prize, Esprit de la Danse
- Ondine : Ondine
- Romeo and Juliet : Juliet
- Le Corsaire : trio of Odalisques
- Apollon musagète : Terpsichore
- Sleeping Beauty: Princess Aurora
- Le Bourgeois gentilhomme : Nicole
- Don Quixote : Kitri
- Carnival of Venice : Colombine
- Shurale : Siyumbike
- The Fountain of Bakhchisarai : Marie
- La Sylphide : the Sylphide
- La Légende de l'amour : Chirine
- Cendrillon : Cendrillon
- Le Réveil de Flore : Flore
- Nutcracker : Macha
- Swan Lake : cygnet,Odette/Odile
- Faust : Margherita
- Giselle : Giselle
- Le Petit cheval bossu : the Tsar-Demoiselle
- Petrouchka : the Ballerina
- Three Musketeers : Constance
8 Legend of Love :Princess Shyrin
- Don Quixote, with Olesia Novikova, Leonid Sarafanov, Alina Somova and other dancers from the Mariinsky Theatre
- Swan Lake, with Ouliana Lopatkina, Danila Korsuntev, Olesia Novikova and the Mariinsky dancers
- The Russian Dolls by Cédric Klapisch
- Bertrand Normand (writer/director) (2005). Ballerina (television documentary) (in French, Russian, and English). France: Adesif Productions.
- "Dancers of the Bolshoi Ballet Company". Bolshoi Theatre. Retrieved February 2, 2012.
- "Yevgenia Obraztsova". Mariinsky Theatre. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
- Obraztsova, Evguenia (December 16, 2005). The St. Petersburg Times.
Kurgapkina is a great teacher. [...] She is wonderful. She always tells me what do with my legs, my face, my hands; and she has taught me a lot about acting.
- Normand, Ballerina
- Ng, Kevin (January 2006). "Interview: Evgenia Obraztsova, Second Soloist, Kirov Ballet". Balletco. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
- Haegeman, Marc (August 15, 2005). Danceview Times.
Precocious comparisons with the legendary Galina Ulanova, creator of the role, could be heard, but at least here was a performance driven by spontaneity and freshness, and with plenty of talent for genuine, dramatic effect to boast.
- Haegeman, Marc (August 15, 2005). Danceview Times.
A natural charmer, she brought beauty and simplicity to the role, coming much closer to a credible portrayal of Juliet, as she convincingly developed from naïve child to passionate and desperate lover.)
- Khadarina, Oksana (January 2007). Ballet.co.
As Juliet, the remarkably talented 23-year old Obraztsova, moved the audience to tears. Dancing with irresistible passion and shimmering lightness, she was Juliet personified, a sweet, gentle girl, innocent yet capable of enduring love. Obraztsova is a deeply emotional and expressive dancer. Her soft, refined movements reflect all shades and subtleties of the sublime music of Prokofiev. Her performance was both beautifully nuanced and technically flawless.
- Farafonova, Maya (translated by Kostov, Dmitry). "Evgenia Obraztsova, the ballerina of Mariinsky theatre". evgeniaobraztsova.com. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
- Crisp, Clement (November 20, 2009). Financial Times.
She is all virtue in the part, noble, exquisite in technique, displaying the dance’s brilliancies with unaffected charm, greeting the role as she greets her court with a radiant ease.
- Normand, Ballerina
- "25 To Watch". Dance Magazine. January 2006. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- "Evgenia Obraztsova". evgeniaobraztsova.com. Retrieved December 28, 2010.
- Ng, Kevin (February 16, 2007). "An intimate partnership". St. Petersburg Times. Retrieved December 28, 2010.