Film “ELEMENTAL” about Ksenia Shevtsova

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Film “ELEMENTAL” about Ksenia Shevtsova

We are presenting the most candid La Personne film about Ksenia Shevtsova, the Prima Ballerina with The Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre. Owing to the heroine, this story turned from the classical documentary into something absolutely honest and genuine. This season Ksenia won a jackpot - she was promoted to the Prima Ballerina, she became the best ballerina of The Big Ballet project, she gained the Soul of the Dance award as a rising star. The new roles appeared in her repertoire, such as Giselle, Odette/Odile, Manon. But the film isn’t about the achievements. The interview was shot once and wasn’t edited by Ksenia. She isn’t afraid of being unpleasant, she isn’t playing for camera, she is far from any banality. It is so rare in the ballet world, isn’t it? She conquered our hearts with her strength of spirit, because a rare person can be absolutely honest towards himself and confess the things that may not be accepted by the society. But she is Elemental... Probably, that’s a secret.

Sergei Danilian, Happy Anniversary!

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Sergei Danilian, Happy Anniversary!

Today is Sergei Danilian’s anniversary, the famous impresario and producer who has made so much for the modern ballet! To this occasion La Personne prepared a special issue. Under the cover you’ll find an interview with Sergei about what has been achieved and what goals are ahead; specially created photo session with his mother Amalia Danilian. And also from our pages the people who have been friends and partners with Sergei are sharing their memories and sending wishes to the hero of the Anniversary, among them Vladimir Urin, Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Ekaterina Shipulina, Diana Vishneva, Marcelo Gomes, Vladimir Varnava, Boris Eifman and many others.

Margarita Mamun – Olympic Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics

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Margarita Mamun – Olympic Champion in Rhythmic Gymnastics

“Personality as an art” - that is La Personne motto. The persons from our pages are not simply successful but unique. They cause admiration, they lead. Our today heroine is the Olympic champion in the rhythmic gymnastics, who made a long journey towards her goal. She strikes with her will power, so truly shown in the Over the Limit movie. Her irreproachable grace conquered the world. Irina Viner compares her with a Bengal tiger. In the special La Personne issue Margarita Mamun tells in details about creativity in gymnastics, about the process of creating the exercises for performances and about her life after the Olympic Games.

Maria Seletskaya – The conductor

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Maria Seletskaya – The conductor

What is happening after the ballet career has been finished? Does the life after the Theatre exist and how do the former dancers find themselves for a new life? Today we are presenting the first heroine of our special project where we will tell about the artists who leave the stage to dedicate themselves to other professions. After finishing her dancing career in the Royal Ballet of Flanders, Maria Seletskaya has stood behind the conductor’s stand. In the interview for La Personne she told us about her first appearance to the orchestra, the specifics of conducting a ballet performance, about inner struggles and explained why the ballet people are the strongest and most disciplined. Special thanks to Nicha Rodboon for the photo story created in the halls of the Flemish Opera.

Do you know how the pointe shoes are created?

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Do you know how the pointe shoes are created?

The pointes get the special place in a ballerina’s career and life, that’s why we decided to tell a story about the production process, to show how these pink satin miracles are born. We had a lucky chance to get into a very heart of R-Class company that has been producing ballet shoes for almost 30 years. We depicted the whole process from the birth of an idea, its embodiment in a last form, up to the moment when the shoes come to the hands and then to the feet of a dancer. The pointe shoes are completely hand crafted and made by one master from the beginning to the end, some craftsmen work for the company for more than 20 years – this all ads unique sincerity and warmth. Moreover, the manufacture space itself reminds of the behind the scenes atmosphere. We are happy to present our exclusive video and to invite you to the amazing pointe world together with La Personne.