Thursday, 24 June 2010

Mikhailovsky Theatre premiere Swan Lake in London next month & BREAKING BALLET NEWS

The Mikhailovsky Theatre tour to the UK from July 13-25 @ The London Coliseum with a premiere of Swan Lake, a ballet in four acts with music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, choreography: Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, Alexander Gorsky, Asaf Messerer, revised by Mikhail Messerer, set and Costume Design: Simon Virsaladze, and Principal Designer of the Revival: Vyacheslav Okunev.

This much was known.

Isabella - performance of the Vaganova Ballet Academy in the theatre of Catherine the Great at the Hermitage - Paquita ( Sylphide) - May 18 2010

Last year I followed Isabella McGuire Mayes, when she had been short-listed in the Great Britons competition run by British Airways. Isabella had been invited to train at the Vaganova Acedemy in St Petersberg - the only British girl to do so, and they broke the rules to allow her to join. 

Isabella outside the Vaganova Ballet Academy in a Russian mid winter

Thanks to your generosity in voting, Isabella won the competition. Izzy’s transport costs to and from the school were fully met, and becoming a Great Briton has rewarded Izzy in other ways, as she talks about in this interview.

Now you have the chance to watch Isabella dance.  Isabella is two years away from graduating, and has been invited to perform with the Mikhailovsky Theatre this July in the corp de ballet - and for a British girl to be invited to dance with a very Russian company is highly unusual.

Isabella - who was the first Briton to be invited to the Vaganova Ballet Academy when she was only 15, and Xander Parish - the first Briton from The Royal Ballet Company to be invited to the Mariinsky

Swan Lake is the jewel in the repertoire of the Mikhailovsky Theatre and the highlight of its London season. This is a revival of the historic Moscow staging in 1956.

Isabella in class at the
Vaganova Ballet Academy

The triumphal restaging of this Swan Lake at the Mikhailovsky Theatre in September 2009 was devised by Mikhail Messerer, the company’s Ballet Master in Chief. The epoch of Alexander Gorsky saw the development in the evolution of dance following the ballet classicism of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov. This staging boasts the superb sets and costumes by renowned designer Simon Virsaladze. The legend of a young prince finding his true love, a swan princess bewitched by an evil genius, offers the many dancers of the company a great opportunity to show their talents.


  1. Wow! Isabella has crazy feet and legs! No wonder she was invited to perform!

  2. wow look at those legs and feet that is just awesome .

  3. Gorgeous post, darling!
    Inspiring me to do a bit of Pilates today!


  4. I want to see her dance along with "Swan Lake" -
    Swan Lake at Lincoln Center in NY now!

  5. Im a new follower to this very interesting blog of yours.I love ballet and dance.My girls took ballet for a long time.They are grown now.I even took ballet as well in an adult class years back.Im sure I will be back soon!

  6. Im a new follower to this interesting blog.My daughters took ballet and I did as well in an adult class a while back.Im sure to be back soon!

  7. Darling, I stopped by to thank you my lovely friend for your support during a time when I need it the most. Each comment you have left for me has been so full of sweet words, kind and loving thoughts and prayers, and each brought grateful tears to my eyes. I passed your advice regarding seeing a chiropractor to Rosemary (Lady R) - who incidentally is a huge ballet enthusiast - and we came to the conclusion that your suggestion is a brilliant one and I am happy to say that she has found an excellent one about 30 minutes drive from her place and has an appointment on 5 or 7th of July (not quite sure on the date). I am lost for words to describe to you the amount of gratitude I feel for having you as a friend. You are priceless darling, a rare gem of a friend. We both thank you for everything. Take care darling. I wish you a sunny summer full of good health, happiness and blessings.

    Love & Hugs

  8. What an amazing and inspiring post! Thank you also for your kind words on my Pink Summer Creation post. It means so much to me!


  9. I heard her interviewed on Radio 5 when she got invited to Russia - am so glad she's been successful. What a future bright star. I really want to go to Swan Lake - it is such a wonderful ballet.

  10. Thanks for this beautiful and inspiring post!

  11. I was just here this morning, had to rush off to work. Thought I would come back and say how much I love to visit and see the wonderful photos you put up!!! I always show my granddaughter, she loves the real ballerinas...he he...I told her she is one too!!! I love the post of the sixty swans, so incredible!!!
    Margaret B

  12. you are so pretty!
    and lovely blog!
    I am a new follower
    care to follow me back?

  13. Hi sweet friend....thank you for visiting me. My daughters dance is over for another year...but summer dance will start soon...she is attending a new Ballet Studio in the Fall...we are so excited. Oh how I love Ballet! xoxoxo


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