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Anastasia Volochkova is not stopping at what she has accomplished

Sunday, 19 October 2008

Anastasia VolochkovaA few years ago, Anastasia Volochkova spent an evening at a restaurant to discuss some of her creative plans. She was distracted by a phone call. The New York Times reporters disturbed the high-life girl. They wanted at all means to measure the height of the disgraced ballet dancer. A surprised Volochkova could not refuse. Soon the press arrived. Having brought out a tape-measure, they recorded one meter and sixty-six centimetres. Anastasia objected because she has always considered herself to be 4 centimetres higher. Both parties agreed on a neutral meter, sixty-eight.

The future celebrity was born on January 20, 1976 in St. Petersburg. At 18 years old she graduated with honours from the Vaganova Russian Ballet Academy. In 1996 she took the first place and won the gold medal at the II International Ballet Competition in Kiev. Prior to 1998, she performed in the ballet troupe of the Mariinsky theatre where Anastasia Volochkova played 14 leading parties. Vladimir Vasiliev, who included his Swan Lake ballet version and sought a new performer that would be able to add refinement and beauty, invited her to the Bolshoi theatre of the capital city. More likely thanks to appearance, than techniques. Volochkova performed Raymonda, Nikiya, Giselle and Empress in the Russian Hamlet. She performs on tours in England: twelve representations at the Royal Albert Hall, Palladium, Covent Garden, Sadler.

However, in Moscow Anastasia does not live on ballet alone. She organizes creative evening parties and benefit performances. This is shocking for the conservative ballet audience. Her colleagues began to turn away from her. Even her instructor Ekaterina Maximova is deciding not to engage with her wilful student anymore. Her position as a teacher will explain how misunderstandings displaced Anastasia's life priorities. It is about the endless film shootings, variety shows and taking part in advertisements. After all, the time spent on high-society events adversely affects the quality of ballet work. The management of the Bolshoi theatre did not renew their contract with Volochkova, and the ballet dancer left for London.

Dancing Karabos in the Sleeping Beauty ballet was a success. At one event she met an eminent ballet master Yuri Grigorovich, with whom they are familiar though the Kiev triumph of 1996. He proposed to her, of which Volochkova could not refuse - the main role in the Swan Lake ballet of the Bolshoi theatre. It is difficult to tell how Grigorievich was able to return the disgraced premiere. But already in 2002, Anastasia received a prestigious award - Benois de la dance.

Volochkova's triumph was prolonged. Grigorovich departed from leading the Krasnodar ballet theatre and the general director of Bolshoi Iksan came directly with a protracted conflict. It was said that Anastasia demanded for the opportunities to dance three Swan Lake ballets in Paris. In response, the functionary accused the ballet dancer of overweight. The parties did not spare on their mutual accusations, which was full of guesswork and fiction. In particular, Volochkova was sure there is a treacherous plank aimed at spoiling her career. Supposedly, the misfortunes that have befell upon her, and besides the scandal with Iksan, legal actions were initiated against the ballet dancer by a certain wealthy and rejected fan as revenge. The general director of the Bolshoi theatre, in turn, claimed that performers of such size have no suitable partners. Then he stopped measuring and weighing Volochkova.

By the way, about the fans and lawsuits. The two most scandalous topics surrounding Volochkova are formulated as follows: for what is she presented with very costly gifts and how come her apartment is almost bigger in luxury than the Hermitage. The ballet dancer had one answer for both questions. She works a lot and her creativity is on demand. Therefore, wealthy people express their admiration to her. She cannot prevent them from doing so.

Moreover, the lawsuits arose on a house issue. St. Petersburg designers said that Volochkova underpaid them 76 000 dollars for their work. And a former owner of a Moscow apartment, from which the real estate was purchased in 2001, insisted on terminating the contract. Recently, Volochkova is not that disturbed by the public opinion. Marriage, giving birth and raising a daughter could not but affect the life of the celebrity. But she will never stop being a society person and she will not allow producers and the paparazzi to leave in the shadow of such a known personality. Filming a movie, a new concert program, participation in the Ice Age ballet, writing an autobiographical book, high-life parties - can one stop at what has been accomplished?..

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