I am somewhat surprised at the Mikhailovsky's decision not to showcase the talents of Irina Perren and Ekaterina Borchenko. Both ballerinas are out of this world in terms of lines, beauty, expressiveness and technique - and shine equally brightly in both the timeless Russian classics and in Nacho Duato's intricately weaved modern choreography. Certainly Perren is a unique creation who manages to be at the same time incredibly slender, yet womanly and athletic. When she dances together with her husband Marat Shemiunov, probably one of the strongest dancers physically today, one gets a sense of her weightlessness that is breathtaking.
And most importantly, they were the beautiful faces of the Mikhailovsky long before it became a revolving door of fleeting theatrical enterprises of Osipova, Vasiliev, Semionova and others.