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Who knows Marina Chirkova


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Until the late nineties Marina Chirkova was a soloist with the Kirov Ballet. As she once said, she used to be specialized in the "friends of" roles: friend of Kitri, friend of Raymonda, friend of Prince Siegfried etc. Still, occasionally she could be seen in more important roles like Zarema in "Fountain of Bakhchisarai". Good to see she finally made a breakthrough within the Estonian ballet.

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Marina Chirkova was born in 1970 in St. Petersburg. In 1988 she graduated from the Russian Vaganova Academy of Ballet and was invited to the Mariinsky Theatre /Kirov ballet/, St. Peterburg.

She worked with the following masters: Galina Ulanova, Alla Osipenko, Ludmila Safronova, Gabriella Komleva, Tatjana Terehova, Ljubov Kunakova, Vladlen Semjonov, Andris Liepa, Sergei Bereznoi.

In 1993 she won a laureate title /second prize/ at the VIIth International Competition of Ballet Soloists in Moscow. In 1994 was awarded for merits in the field of choreographic art by Radio "Meredian" Sankt-Peterburg. From Deceber 1996 to January 1997 she was invited together with Vladimir Arhangelski to participate in tour in Germany and Swizerland, where they danced main-roles in “Swan Lake” and “The Nutcracker”. In November 1997 Marina Chirkova took part in the tour to the Republic of South-Africa together with the troupe “Ballet Stars” and besides she carried through a master-class in the local schools. In 1999 Marina Chirkova was invited to the Estonian National Opera, where she is a principal dancer. In 2000 Marina Chirkova and Vladimir Arkhangelski were put forward and have received the premium of ballet for creativity high skill in the Estonian Ballet. The same year she was nominated a creative grant from Estonian Culture Capital. In 2002 Marina Chirkova was awarded a premium by Philip Morris as a best dancer.

Marina Chirkova has performed in many various foreign countries, including Great Britain, Denmark, Italy, Spain, Israel, the US, Canada, Chorea, France, Japan, Norway, Brazil, Argentina, Finland, Germany, Swiss, South-Africa, Sweden etc.

Marina Chirkova’s repertoire includes the following roles:

Quiteria (Mincus “Don Quixote”)

Mahmene-Banu (“A Legend of Love” choreographer J. Grigorovitch)

Giselle, Myrtha (Adam’s “Giselle”)

Zarema (Assahiev’s “The Fountain of Bahtchissarai”)

Odette-Ottilie (Tchaikovsky’s “Swan Lake”)

Aurora (Tchaikovsky’s “The Sleeping Beauty”)

Sylphide (Schnitzhoeffer’s “Sylphide”)

Maria (Tchaikovsky’s “The Nutcracker”)

Esmaralda (Pugni’s “La Esmeralda”)

Chopiniana ( Choreographer Fokin on the Chopin's music)

Scheherezade (soloist parts in Fokin–Rimski-Korsakov’s “Scheherezade”)

Soloist parts Balantchini Do-major Symphony and “Serenade” Rotmanski–Skryabin’s “Exstasy Poem” etc

Juliet (Prokofiev's "Romeo and Juliet" choreographer Mai Murdmaa)

Renata (Skryabin's "The Fire Angel" choreographer Mai Murdmaa)

Bride "The Wedding Yourney" choreographer Mai Murdmaa)

Olimpia (L.Delibes "Coppelia" choreographer M.Bigonzetti)

Cassandra ("Cassandra" choreographer Luciano Cannito)

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