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Diana Vishneva in Manon.
Photo: Gene Schiavone.

 

Diana Vishneva's 10th Anniverary

Manon
Metropolitan Opera House
Saturday, June 7, 2014 • 2:00pm


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Photo: Dmitry Savchenko.
Diana Vishneva - Ten Years of Artistry

This season, Principal dancer Diana Vishneva celebrates ten years with American Ballet Theatre.

by Marina Harss


Diana Vishneva in Giselle.
Photo: Gene Schiavone.
In the spring of 2003, Diana Vishneva appeared for the first time with American Ballet Theatre in Kenneth MacMillan’s Romeo and Juliet. Vishneva was already a star in Russia, where she had joined the Mariinsky Ballet at nineteen only to be promoted to principal the following year. In 2005 she became a full Principal with ABT; since then, she has split her time between these two artistic homes and a busy agenda of guest performances.

Her dramatic and technical range are seemingly limitless, in part because she approaches each ballet on its own terms, discovering its essence. With ABT, she has danced everything from George Balanchine’s Ballet Imperial to Don Quixote, from the dying Marguerite Gautier in John Neumier’s Lady of the Camellias to the petulantly imperious Titania in Frederick Ashton’s The Dream; as well, of course, as all the classical roles that are her birthright as a Mariinsky-trained ballerina: Giselle, Odette and Odile, Aurora, and the Sylph in La Sylphide, to name just a few. She believes in the stories told by these ballets, and this belief comes through in
the expressive depth of her performances.


Diana Vishneva and Marcelo Gomes in La Bayadère.
Photo: Gene Schiavone.
Her physical transformation in the mad scene in Giselle—limp arms, doll-like eyes, stuttering footwork—is so harrowing that it is difficult to watch. But Vishneva can also be magnetic and vivacious, as in the role created for her by Alexei Ratmansky in his recent Piano Concerto #1. Always, she brings a sensuality to her interpretations that is quite unique to her. Her Juliet is in the throes of erotic awakening, and her Manon is a creature of consuming passions. With her frequent partner Marcelo Gomes, she has forged a deep partnership, sealed with trust and a sense of play, and spiced with a streak of abandon.

Diana Vishneva is a ballerina who goes beyond the steps to lead us into the world of her imagination.



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