I’m ready to put all the energy I can to make sure the world of ballet can and will still flourish

Interview with Ksenia Ovsyanick, Principal Ballerina with Staatsballett Berlin and Guest Star with Polish National Ballet

„… my language is DANCE. And my mission is to make people see, feel and relate, open their minds and to take their breath away…“

Quote of Ksenia Ovsyanick on https://www.ksenia-ovsyanick.com/
Still Ready – Directed and Danced by Ksenia Ovsyanick & Johnny MacMillan 

You are an outstanding dancer and artist who is looking for new challenges. What inspires you?

I really believe in the art form of ballet and dance. Aesthetically, dramatically, physically, culturally it has so much to offer, so what drives me is the desire to tap into as much of its potential as possible and to share it with people, get others inspired from it and with that to appreciate it.

Tanzenden Stern* trailer
Preview of Video Art installation by Zdenek Konvalina – Dancer Ksenia Ovsyanick
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How Dancers Achive Automaticity?

The science of how dancers learn choreography

I found this amazing video of the Royal Ballet on Youtube and want to share it with you the science of how dancers learn choreography. What happens in the dancer’s brain? How does dance effect the brain?

The Royal Ballet Company loves to enriching people’s lives through ballet. It offers a lot for all ballet lovers, digital and learning platforms for young people and adults, international touring, ROH live cinema every season all over the world. Ballet production were regularly streamed online. In times of covid 19 the Royal Opera started a fanatic program for free to please all ballet fans.

Have a look:

It’s often said that it takes 10,000 hours of practice to become an expert, but what happens in a ballet dancer’s brain when they learn choreography?
Royal Ballet dancer Gemma Pitchley-Gale is joined by neuroscientists, healthcare professionals and psychologists to find out how performers learn, and the techniques they can employ to improve their performance. ©Royal Ballet London

Source: Royal Opera House, 28.10.2019

HOW BALLET HAS CHANGED IN THE LAST 60 YEARS

Don Quixote – now and then

Compare these nine performances of Don Quixote Act 1 – pas de trois compilation 1960s-2010s Kirov/Mariinsky from 1960 to 2014. What do you think? Which one do you love the most?

Now & Then – Don Quixote Act 1 pas de trois compilation 1960s-2010s Kirov/MT
13.01.2016 © Navarre Brixen

Principal Dancers

1960s Budarin
1973 Nureyev
1983 Baryshnikov
1988 Ruzimatov
1990s Batalov
2006 Sarafanov
2008 Shklyarov
2013 Ermakov
2014 Kim

Photo on Top © kulturvideo.com

Eric Gauthier: TANZ-Begeisterung schafft Begeisterte

„Ich will Menschen gut tun mit Tanz“ Hoffnung und Motivation im Lookdown

Eric Gauthier ist DER TANZBEGEISTERER. Fraglos ist er einer der beeindruckendsten Tänzer und innovativsten Choreografen weltweit. Was ihn aber ganz besonders macht, ist sein Elan und seine Kreativität, den Tanz als Kunstform, Aktivität und Inspiration möglichst vielen Menschen nahe zu bringen. Sein Motto lautet: Jeder Mensch kann tanzen. Tanzen macht glücklich. Gerne stelle ich Euch einige seiner aktuellen Projekte vor.

The Dying SwanS Project

Motivation im jetzigen verlängerten Lookdown schafft Eric Gauthier für seine Company Gauthier Dance mit diesem einzigartigen Vorhaben. Der „sterbende Schwan“ ist ein weltberühmtes Ballettsolo und bestens geeignet, die Botschaft „Kunst lässt sich nicht aufhalten“ zu verbreiten. 64 renommierte Künstler*innen aus den Sparten Tanz, Choreographie, Musik und Film konnten in kürzester Zeit begeistert werden. Das Tanzprojekt besteht ganz coronakonform aus 16 Solos – für jedes Company-Mitglied wird eine Neukreation geschaffen. Die Videoclips sind dann kostenlos auf den Social Media-Kanälen des Theaterhaus Stuttgart und Gauthier Dance abrufbar. Der Probenstart hat gerade begonnen. Ich werde weiter darüber berichten.

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Dokumentarfilm: Das Stuttgarter Ballettwunder

Wie wurde das Stuttgarter Ballett Weltspitze?

„Entweder tot oder gross in New York“

Als der südafrikanische Choreograf John Cranko 1961 in Stuttgart Ballettdirektor wurde, begann der Aufstieg des Stuttgarter Balletts. Mit seinem sicheren Gespür für Talente engagierte Cranko erstklassige Tänzerinnen und Tänzer wie Egon Madsen, Richard Cragun, Birgit Keil, Susanne Hanke und allen voran Marcia Haydée. Seine abendfüllenden Handlungsballette begeisterten Publikum und Kritiker gleichermassen. Cranko gilt als genialer Erneuerer des klassischen Balletts.

Mit seinen beiden gefeierten Choreografien „Romeo und Julia„und „Onegin“ ging die Kompagnie 1969 auf die erste USA-Tournee – ein grosses Risiko für das damalige unbekannte Stuttgarter Ballett. „Entweder tot oder gross“kommentierte Cranko seine Chancen, vor dem anspruchsvollen New Yorker Publikum zu bestehen. Bereits die Premiere wurde ein voller Erfolg. Alle weiteren Vorstellungen waren total ausverkauft. Seitdem spielt das Stuttgarter Ballet in der ersten Ballett-Liga mit.

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I Jumped into Every Project I Could Think of.

How dancers motivate themselves in the time of covid-19.

I’m creating a small series for my blog to give my favourite dancers the opportunity to talk about their experiences, motivation and daily routines nowadays. As you all know, it must be so tough for dancers to train hard every single day in isolation and stay in top shape, not knowing when the next performance is going to be.

Statement of Ksenia Ovsyanick, principal dancer with StaatsballetT Berlin

„I found that the biggest shock for me was that suddenly for us as artists the ground was taken out of under our feet. Without being able to perform we can not share our work, we can not inspire with our work the way we normally do anymore. And that desire to stay creative and relevant was my main motivation to look for all the new ways I could still be an artist. I jumped into every project I could think of.

From creating videos, collaborating with other dancers, composers, artists, singers, choreographers. It has really pushed me to develop in the directions I didn’t expect before. From learning to film, to edit, to create music and sound, to manage projects, collaborate in new and unexpected ways as a dancer or choreographer. It became incredibly important for me to search for and find ways to show how dance as an art form can be versatile and relevant and important to our culture.   

FROM BERLIN WITH LOVE | Creating in Times of Corona | Staatsballett Berlin
Even in isolation, our wonderful dancers are connected and ready to create. Initiated and edited by Principal Dancer Ksenia Ovsyanick.
Watch Ksenia at 0:19 as the 3. dancer.

I have to say eventually the training part also started catching up with me. And as the time went by, the harder it had become mentally to keep pushing myself. The biggest mental challenge was to realise that I cannot possibly keep the shape that I could have in the normal environment. Once I had accepted it though, it allowed me to look at it from a fresh perspective and realise I can choose to use this time differently. Rather than desperately trying to hang on to what I normally used to do and eventually give up completely for the lack of visible result, I can use this time to do things I didn’t have time for before. And I mean not only outside of ballet but also within. There are always areas of our technique that need improvement but we just don’t have time to prioritize working on it. Whether it is port de bras, feet, extension, arabesque, turns, alignment – now is a really good chance to zoom in on that particular area that you could improve.

Staatsballett Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Premiere 18.09.2020

By now there are so many online resources available to help with development of any area you want. You can follow classes of signature companies and dancers from around the world [i.e. go to Mariinsky classes to work on you port de bras, cuban classes to work on your turns and so on]. Im incredibly grateful to the ballet community for stepping up and offering so much support online! So I would say the key for me was to develop trust in myself that once back in full swing, with a bit of extra hard work we all will be able to get back all the stamina and strength and technique we hadn’t been able to practice in current environment. And meanwhile focus on developing specific areas of your techniques, that would allow you to be better dancer later. Plus focusing on that area also inevitably forces you to do some kind of training – as a result keeping your work and coordination going. 


»LIB« by Alexander Ekman, Polina Semionova, Ksenia Ovsyanick, Photo: Jubal Battisti

But as I said earlier, it is the lack of artistic output that became the most important question for me to resolve. And my way was exploring all the new ways I could bring dance to the audience. And it has become a very interesting year that got me to develop and push my abilities in the areas I didn’t think I could before. Im currently finishing working on a creation with Itzik Galili. The process we have started back in April, and hopefully coming to fruition shortly, but something that truly pushed my boundaries, my interpretive skills, learning to speak, to act and dance at the same time – completely out of comfort zone.


At Staatsballett we were lucky enough to get back on stage for 2 months at the end of August. It was a very special experience reminding all of us involved including the audience about the power of a live performance. The auditorium was only quarter full, audience seating with big gaps between each other, with feeling like they are alone there, yet these first shows back were emotionally charged on the stage and in auditorium more than ever. Inspiring, yet somewhere sad, but mostly genuinely happy to have that emotional connection through dance. The power we should make sure to remind the world the performing arts have! 


I wish everyone out there in the dance field to stay strong, persistent and creative. Let’s make sure to remind the world that what we do is important and inspiring, so that as soon as opportunity allows performing world can thrive more than ever before!”

»Oval« by Richard Siegal, Photo: Yan Revazov

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CV of Ksenia Ovsyanick

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Born 1989 in Tihvin, Russia
Nationality: British/Belarusian
Berlin Staatsballett  2016 – today
English National Ballet — 2008-2016

EDUCATION

Open University BA (honours) Business and Economics studies 2011-2017
English National Ballet School 2005-2008
Belorussian State Ballet College 1999-2005

AWARDS

Outstanding classical performance, National Dance Award 2012 
Benois de la Danse 2013 best female dancer nomination
Prizewinner at the Beijing International Ballet Competition 2006
Prizewinner at the Prix de Lausanne 2007
Silver Medal at the International Ballet Competition in Harkov, Ukraine 2004 

BIOGRAPHY

Principal ballerina with Staatsballett Berlin, russian-born Ksenia started her training in Belorussian State Ballet College, followed by winning a scholarship at Prix de Lausanne to come to English National Ballet School. Her career started with English National Ballet and over the years she performed on the stages around the world including:  Opera National de Paris Palais Garner, Royal Opera House Muscat, Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow, Royal Albert Hall London, Buckingham Palace, participated in gala performances in China, Singapore, India, Russia, Chile Greece, Sweden, Spain, Italy, France, Denmark, Latvia, Belarus  among others, as well as participated in Closing ceremony of Olympics in London 2012.  

At the age of 20 she danced her first Giselle and was nominated for English National Ballet’s Emerging dancer award.  In march 2012 Ksenia had a title role of Firebird choreographed on her in the world premiere of “Firebird” by George Williamson, which brought her the Critics’ Circle National Dance Award for an outstanding performance.

In 2013 Ms Ovsyanick was nominated for “Prix Benois de la Danse” best female dancer award and in 2018 she won “Dance Open“ international Ballet Award in St. Petersburg.

Ksenia created roles together with current choreographers such as Nacho Duato, Liam Scarlett, George Williamson, Alexej Ratmansky, Itzik Galilli, Yabin Wang and performed ballets by Kenneth Macmillan, John Cranko, Jiri Kylian, George Balanchine, Serge Lifar and Wayne Eagling among others.

In 2016 she joined Staatsballett Berlin as Principal Ballerina, performing leading roles in Nacho Duato’s Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Romeo and Juliet, the title role in ballet Erde created on her by Duato, as well as Rubies and Diamonds in Balanchine’s Jewels, Giselle, Onegin, Don Quixote, La Bayadere and others.

In season 2019/2020 also a Permanent Guest Principal Dancer with Polish National Ballet. 

5th Anniversary of Balletloversblog.com

Thank you All

Thanks to all these amazing people I’ve met in the ballet world. It’s such a pleasure to get insights of this hidden world. I want to show you how grateful I really am for all love and support.

I want to thank all ballet lovers who shared my passion of ballet and dance. I have always loved to hear from you. You inspire me!

My Top 5 Ballet and Dance Videos filmed in lookdown

Ballet Dancers in Isolation

Swans For Relief

32 premier ballerinas from 22 dance companies in 14 countries perform Le Cygne (The Swan) variation sequentially with music by Camille Saint-Saëns, performed by cellist Wade Davis, in support of Swans for Relief. Organized by Misty Copeland and Joseph Phillips, 100% of the funds raised will be distributed to each dancer’s company’s COVID-19 relief fund, or other arts/dance-based relief fund in the event that a company is not set up to receive donations.

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My Top 3 Xmas Gifts

Last Minute GIFTS, Online and For less than $15

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Fabulous Ballet calendars 2021

Last minute gifts for all ballet and dance lovers!

Watch on the website of your favorite ballet company and order online a calendar, a mask, a DVD or more.

The Royal Ballet London

One of the best shops with beautiful Xmas items.

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