Bolshoi Ballet’s Ekaterina Krysanova
appreciates smart dancers and a good massage.
By Laura Cappelle
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What do you enjoy more: performing or
being in the studio?
Performing, of course. It’s like waiting and
getting ready for your birthday party. The
rehearsals are a hard process: It’s a long
wait for enjoyment.
What qualities do you admire most in
A brain. Some say that a ballerina only
needs good footwork, physical abilities, but I realized gradually that it’s very
important to have a good head on your
shoulders. You go further if you think
deeply about your roles.
What do you do to remain injury-free?
I always warm up properly, and I also have
massages and water treatments to relax
and soothe my body. Sometimes I go to
the banya, a typical Russian sauna.
You created the lead role in Jean-
Christophe Maillot’s The Taming of the
Shrew. What place does it have in your
A very significant one. It’s so precious
To whom would you attribute your
when a ballet is made on you. So
many dancers wait for that, try to find
choreographers. If you are the very first
person to do a role, it stays with you—and
you stay in it, in a way.
First, my parents, who gave me great care
and love. And my teachers and coaches. I
don’t want to be too modest, either: I think
I also deserved it through perseverance.
What’s the toughest part of being a
The morning after a performance, when
you have to get up and go back to work.
After a successful show, you want to keep
basking in that glow, and the next day
you’re exhausted, everything hurts, and
you have to start at the barre again.
If you weren’t a dancer, what would
Sometimes I think I’d be a dentist. As a
child, I liked it! But now I might also want
to be a designer.
How would you like to be remembered?
Young and beautiful! Not like a shrew,
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