Evgenia Obraztsova

First Soloist, Mariinsky Theatre





Born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg).

In 2002 she graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of M. A. Vasilieva, Honoured Artist, and also of L. N. Sofronova and I. B. Zubkovskaya).

Joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company in 2002.


Prize-winner at international ballet competitions:

Vaganova Prix (St Petersburg, 2002);

„V International Yuri Grigorovich Competition (Moscow, 2005), gold medal;

Recipient of the Zegna Mariinsky New Talents Award (Paris, 2005);

Recipient of the annual international Premio per la Danza Leonide Massine (Positano, Italy, 2006);

Recipient of the Nina Ananiashvili and Gilbert Albert Star prize (Tbilisi, 2008);

Recipient of the Golden Mask, Russiafs most prestigious theatre prize, for gBest female role in balleth (Ondine in OndineM, choreography by Pierre Lacotte, 2007);

Recipient of the medal For Achievements in Culture from the Ministry of Culture of the Republic of Tatarstan (2009).

Recipient of the Spirit of Dance prize from Ballet magazine (2009, category gStarh).



Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre includes:

La Sylphide (Sylph);

Giselle (Giselle);

La Bayadère (bayadere in the Grand pas and Trio of Shades) – Vakhtang Chabukianifs version;

The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora);

The Nutcracker (Masha) – staging by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Kirill Simonov;

Le Réveil de Flore (Flore) – choreography by Marius Petipa, revival by Sergei Vikharev;

Don Quixote (Kitri);

ballets by Michel Fokine – Le Spectre de la rose, Le Carnaval (Columbine);

The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Maria);

Romeo and Juliet (Juliet);

Shurale (Syuimbike) – choreography by Leonid Yakobson;

The Legend of Love (Shirin);

Pas de quatre (Lucile Grahn);

ballets by George Balanchine – Apollo (Terpsichore), Symphony in C (Allegro vivace), Piano Concerto No 2, Tchaikovsky Pas de deux;

In the Night – choreography by Jerome Robbins;

ballets by William Forsythe – The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated, Approximate Sonata;

ballet by Alexei Ratmansky – Cinderella (Cinderella), The Little Humpbacked Horse (Tsar Maiden), Anna Karenina (Kitty);

Le Bourgeois gentilhomme (Nicole) – choreography by Nikita Dmitrievsky;

Ondine (Ondine) – choreography by Pierre Lacotte;

Parting – choreographic miniature staged by Yuri Smekalov.


Repertoire also includes:

The Nutcracker (Masha) – choreography by Vasily Vainonen;

Grand pas classique – choreography by Victor Gzovsky.


First performer of the roles of Ondine (Ondine, choreography and staging by Pierre Lacotte, 2006), Flore (Le Réveil de Flore, Sergei Vikharevfs 2007 revival of Marius Petipafs 1894 production), Columbine (Le Carnaval, choreography by Michel Fokine, revival by Sergei Vikharev, 2008) and Syuimbike (Shurale, choreography by Leonid Yakobson, 2009 revival).


In 2005 she made her debut at the Opera di Roma in Cinderella (choreographed by Carla Fracci), where she also danced in 2006 as Margherita in the premiere of Faust to music by Franz Liszt (choreographed by Luciano Cannito and staged by Giuseppe Menegatti, with Andrian Fadeyev as Faust).

In 2007 she made her debut at the Arena di Verona. The same year she also performed in the gala concert Roberto Bolle and Friends at La Scala in Milan.

In 2008 she made her debut with NBA Ballet (Tokyo) in the ballet Don Quixote (Kitri), staged by Sergei Vikharev. The same year she was invited by Vladimir Malakhov to make her debut performance at the Berliner Staatsoper in the concert Malakhov and Friends.

In 2009 she made her debut at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, in The Sleeping Beauty (as Princess Aurora opposite David Makhateli as Prince Désiré), staging by Monica Mason in conjunction with Christopher Newton.

Since 2010 she has been a guest soloist of the ballet company of the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow.


Since 2006, she has been a regular participant at the International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Festival in Kazan. Since 2006 she has also been a regular participant in gala concerts and projects run by the Maris Liepa Foundation. Appeared in a gala concert commemorating Maris Liepafs seventieth birthday (Moscow, Kremlin Palace).


Together with the Mariinsky Ballet Company, she has toured to Japan (Tokyo), France, the UK (Royal Opera House, Covent Garden), Germany (Baden-Baden), Austria (Graz), the Netherlands (Amsterdam) and the USA.


Has appeared in Les poupées russes (art film directed by Cédric Klapisch, France, 2005) and Ballerina (a documentary dedicated to ballerinas of the Mariinsky Theatre, directed by Bertrand Normand).


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