News: A Brit in the Mariinsky

Tuesday 2 August 2011

Xander Parish was in the Royal Ballet corps de ballet when he was spotted by Yuri Fateyev, then teacher at the Mariinsky Ballet.

When Fateyev was appointed artistic director of the Mariinsky he invited Parish to join the company, who agreed, and “within months was dancing solo roles in the famous blue-green Mariinsky theatre, on whose hallowed stage Vaslav Nijinsky, Rudolf Nureyev and Mikhail Baryshnikov, amongst others, had launched their careers.”

Luke Jennings went to see Parish return to the Royal Opera House stage for the first time since joining the Mariinksy and reflects on his performance.

“Male dancing at the Royal favours speed, wit and a flighty lyricism. It’s a very different style [to the Mariinsky], which is what makes Parish’s journey such a fascinating one. Right now, he has not quite shed the old, not quite assumed the new. But time is on his side, and so is Yuri Fateyev. Great things, surely, await Xander Parish.”

Read the full article in, Guardian, 2 August.11

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