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Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion (April 2009)

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Published on Apr 14, 2009

Beauty in motion for dance devotees
07 April, 2009

One of Russias most versatile ballet dancers, Diana Vishneva, gave a long-awaited performance in the Russian capital.

The prima ballerina of the Mariinsky Theatre made a name for herself as a dancer who has broken new ground in ballet.

Hailed as the leading dancer of her generation, the 32-year-old artist has danced an impressive repertoire from both classical ballet and contemporary dance.

Her latest performance consists of 3 parts, and is entitled Beauty in Motion." It was staged by three choreographers: Alexey Ratmansky (Pierrot Lunaire), Moses Pendleton (F.L.O.W), and Dwight Rhoden (Three Point Turn).

The former artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre, Ratmansky, says Vishneva has an inborn sense of melodrama which is most evident in the first part of Beauty in Motion" --Pierrot Lunaire. The performance consists of 21 numbers and is set up to heavy-textured music by Arnold Schoenberg. But even despite the bleak music, Vishnevas performance is somewhat life-enhancing and tragic at the same time.
George Balanchine was quoted as saying that in ballet a complicated story is impossible to tell." But it seems that the Russian dancer, Diana Vishneva, has a rare talent of telling all kind of stories, no matter how complicated or simple they are.

Vishnevas performance in the short ballet For Love of Women," staged by American contemporary dance choreographer Moses Pendleton, keeps you on the edge of your seat, sending shivers down the spine. The graceful artist has proven again theres no challenge she has failed to meet on stage.

This performance is like a breath of fresh air to me. You suddenly feel like you can do so many different things. And not only you because, of course, its teamwork. Weve got a team of wonderful dancers, musicians and all those who helped bring together this show.
A U.S. Choreographer, Dwight Rhoden, described his performance with Vishneva in the lead as an abstract journey into the world of romance." In Three Point Turn Vishneva is joined on stage by multi-talented American dancer/actor/choreographer Desmond Richardson.

In an interview with RT, Richardson called Diana an artist with charisma, excellence, elegance, and excessibility. He said she is one of those great ballerinas that comes along once in a lifetime and accesses so much of her heart and humanity. Its not only the technique

Diana and I understand one another in the dance. When you work with great artists, there has to be that exchange of mind, heart and spirit. Theres an exchange of push and pull, challenge, but theres ultimately coming together in a unity. We have a great time dancing together, Richardson told RT.
Diana Vishneva hopes that none of the three parts of the Beauty in Motion" performance will leave audiences indifferent. They are totally different, feature different vibes, and moods, and thats probably one of the peculiarities of this project.

Vishnevas performances are booked months in advance. Vishneva has a multitude of awards, shes worked with some of the worlds best choreographers and dancers from around the globe.

I dance quite a lot. Of course, I want to dance more, but my schedule is very full and I have almost no breaks at all. Im as much interested in classical repertoire as in modern dance, and Im still polishing my skills.

Diana Vishnevas performance in Beauty in Motion" is in the running for the Golden Mask award, Russias top national honor in theatre.

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