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In Hamburg

June 26, 27 and July 1, 2012

Maria Kochetkova will guest at Hamburg Ballet with SF Ballet on June 26 and 27, perform a mixed-bill program that includes Tomasson’s 7 for Eight with Joan Boada and Wheeldon’s Within the Golden Hour. Will also perform on Hamburg Ballet’s Nijinsky Gala XXXVIII on July 1.

Hamburg ballet Gala 1 Juli 2012

from GHOST

Music: C.F. Kip Winger

Choreography: Christopher Wheeldon

Maria Kochetkova, Joan Boada

San Francisco Ballet


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A Photographic Exhibition by James Ostrer

Merchant Archive 19 Kensington Park Road, W11 2EU

13 Sep – Jan 2013

Private View 12 Sep 7pm-10pm

Mon-Sat 10am-6pm;

Sun 12noon-5pm

Tel 020-7229 9006

Merchant Archive presents a series of atmospheric photographs by renowned artist James Ostrer of San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Maria Kochetkova dressed in Merchant Archive’s vintage clothing.

The exhibition celebrates her appearance with the ballet at Sadler’s Wells, EC1, 14-23 September.

James has been photographing Maria for 10 years and is inspired by her obsession with perfection and quirky passion for fashion. He uses his photographs as a canvas to symbolise and hint at hidden aspects of her character. As he says, “There is a containment of physical pain and control in ballet which is tightly interwoven with its grace and beauty. I wanted to suggest this through the images of birdcages and her being bound by vintage ribbons.”


James Ostrer is an artist using Neo Baroque techniques within the mediums of photography and film to examine the common thread of discomfort that underlines western culture. His first solo exhibition, “Death, Sex and Re-birth”, in 2009 explored themes such as gluttony, sexual compulsion and addiction.

In “Journey”, curated by actor Emma Thompson and activist Sam Roddick in a campaign against sex- trafficking, his work was seen alongside that of leading international artists such as Anish Kapoor and Anthony Micallef as well as Oscar-winning costume designer Sandy Powell and art director Michael Howells. This ambitious exhibition toured New York, Vienna, Madrid and The Hague from 2009-2011.

Nominated as curator’s choice for the Taylor Wessing awards at the National Portrait Gallery, James’s 2010 portrait of “Nicky Haslam in Lucian Freud’s chair” explored the intimate relationship between the ‘socialite’ and the ‘artist’. This year he has participated in the Bloom Festival Public Art Event in Verona. One of 40 international artists invited to convert political billboards into exhibition spaces, his photograph was selected to promote the event.


Moscow-born Maria Kochetkova joined San Francisco Ballet in 2007 as principal dancer after training at the Bolshoi ballet school and dancing with the Royal Ballet and English National Ballet. Kochetkova also won the American TV series ‘Superstars of Dance’ in January 2009 on NBC and performs internationally as a guest artist with the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky Theatres in Moscow, the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St Petersburg and the Tokyo Ballet in Japan.

Maria will be performing with San Francisco Ballet when they present three eclectic programmes at London’s Sadler’s Wells over two weeks from 14 September.


Merchant Archive is a curated vintage and contemporary store located in London’s Notting Hill that has become firmly established in the little black books of designers, stylists and celebrities worldwide.


For press enquiries, images and further information please contact Teri Grenert at tgrenert@gmail.com or telephone 07957 298276

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"vulnerability, playfulness, rebellion; characteristics repressed daily by the requirements of her trade."

Those characteristics didn't seem terribly repressed when MK danced in Giselle, Emeralds and Rubies.

vulnerability - any of the dying or tragic heroes -Swan Queen, Giselle, R&J, Tatiana, Marguerite...

playfulness - Sylphide, Giselle before madness, Manon ...

rebelliousness - Rubies, R&J, Siegfried ...

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Opening at the Merchant Archiv

vintage store in London tomorrow, The Romance of Perfection

is a stunning atmospheric photography exibition of San Francisco Ballet principal dancer Maria Kochetkova

from artist James Ostrer. Ostrer has been photographing the Moscow-born dancer for 10 years after being inspired by her obsession with perfection and quirky passion for fashion


...runs alongside her appearance with San Francisco Ballet at Sadler’s Wells from 14-23 September.

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September 23, 2012 8:21 pm

San Francisco Ballet, Sadler’s Wells, London

By Clement Crisp

The succeeding Classical Symphony is set to eponymous Prokofiev by the former Bolshoi dancer Yury Possokhov. It is buoyant, playfully snook-cocking, despatched with brightest verve by a cast led by the splendid Hansuke Yamamoto and Maria Kochetkova, and the choreography sits happily, saucily in its music, given with almost tangible delight by its cast.


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