Mariinsky Ballet takes class at the Royal Opera House

The Mariinsky Ballet season at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London, concludes on 16 August and it seems that with the end of the three week season, the clips of the company’s class, filmed in London on 6 August for the Telegraph, may no longer be available on the UK newspaper’s website.

You can see the clips below, at least for now.

The class is introduced by Sarah Crompton, the arts editor and dance critic of the paper, who chats with the Mariinsky’s deputy director, Yuri Fateyev.

Igor Petrov teaches the class and his style of teaching could not be described as relaxed!

As the class was filmed in London, there’s an emphasis on the English dancer, Xander Parish, who trained at the Royal Ballet School and was offered a contract at the Royal Ballet, where he lingered for a while in the corps.

When Yuri Fateyev was guest teaching at the Royal Ballet, he noticed Parish and his eagerness to learn more. An offer to join the Mariinsky company followed and Parish took the plunge, despite warnings from the then artistic director of the Royal, Monica Mason, that it would be a bad move.

It wasn’t.

You can see him in the clips, in particular in the fondu exercise at the barre in the second of the three sections of the class.

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Xander Parish in Swan Lake, Mariinsky Ballet, photo © Emma Kauldhar

Xander Parish in Swan Lake, Mariinsky Ballet, photo © Emma Kauldhar

Swan Lake, Mariinsky Ballet, photographer unknown

Swan Lake, Mariinsky Ballet, photographer unknown