On the Rise: Yulia Stepanova

With her soulful presence and elegant manner onstage, Yulia Stepanova was touted as a major talent when she graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2009. She joined the Mariinsky Ballet, where her sensitive phrasing as Odette/Odile confirmed her potential. Stuck for a promotion, however, she made a bold move to Moscow, and it paid […]

Is Makhar Vaziev Changing the Bolshoi?

Vladimir Urin (left) and Makhar Vaziev (right) in the Bolshoi studios. Photo by Damir Yusupov, courtesy Bolshoi. Earlier this year, the Bolshoi Ballet saw yet another regime change: Makhar Vaziev, the former La Scala and Mariinsky artistic director, took over Sergei Filin’s job. Not many insiders were surprised when Filin got pushed out, since he […]

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