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24 Apr

The Odessa Opera is celebrating the jubilee of Elena Baranovskaya, People’s Artist of Ukraine

The night with Elena Baranovskaya, People’s Artist of Ukraine, is going to take place on April 28, 2013 in the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. The concert will be dedicated to the jubilee of the outstanding ballerina. 

The program consists of the fragments from the ballets: The Carmen Suite by George Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin, Don Quixote and La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus, choreographic scenes to the music by Dmitry Shostakovich, Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Giulio Caccini and Michael Glinka. The audience will also enjoy the premiere of the ballet in one act called The Most Important… to the music by contemporary composers (credits to Igor Sarazhinsky (libretto) and Anton Kiba (choreography)).

The concert will feature the following prominent dancers: Honoured Artists of Ukraine Harry Sevoyan and Sergey Dotsenko, Honoured Artists of the Republic of Moldova Maria Polyudova and Vladimir Statny, The Odessa Ballet soloists Radmila Aitova, Tatyana Afanyutina, Alina Khilko, Carina Zhitkova, Nikolay Vorivodin, Dmytry Dzennik, Dmitry Sharay, as well as Aliona Stepanova, Anton Kiba and Vitaly Savchenko who hit the finals in the popular TV shows Everyone’s Dancing, Dancing with Celebrities, The Battle of Seasons and artists of ballet and orchestra of Odessa Opera Company also. Elizabeth Musorina, a student of the famous Svetlana Antipova’s ballet studio will take part in the concert closing.

Conductor - Alexander Sotnikov, Honoured Artist of Russia.

“Elena Baranovskaya is a marvelous artist. I still remember her as a very young soloist Elena Kamenskikh when she came to The Odessa Opera from Perm, Russia. Being delicate, fragile and touchy she is the performer who can deal with any creative task. Professionalism as an unconditional basis for any creativity, acting abilities, inspiration in any movement and expressiveness in any pose, a rare gift in turning a dance into a song are the things that have conditioned a long and bright scenic life for the ballerina. We are enjoying her dance and are grateful for the creative spark that can be obtained not only by lots of work and devotion of an artist but also by the God’s blessing. We are confident that God blessed Elena with His gift of the great talent we observe,” – writes Nelli Ivanova-Georgiyevskaya, director for the Tchernyshev Dance Art Research Center. 

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In the photos: on the left - Elena Baranovskaya (The Nutcracker); on the right - The Sleeping Beauty (with Sergey Dotsenko, Honoured Artist of Ukraine)


About Elena Baranovskaya:

Ms. Baranovskaya studied under Merited Teacher of Russia Ninel Silvanovych-Footlik and graduated from the Perm State Choreographic School in 1981. She worked in the Tchaikovsky Perm State Academic Opera and Ballet House up to 1986.

Elena’s debut in the Odessa Opera was in pas de deux of the ballet Giselle by Adolf Adam in 1986. The first leading part of Elena Kamenskikh in Odessa became Marsha in The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky.

In the photo: on the left - Giselle (with Maya Mamleeva, 1986); on the right - Kitri (Don Quixote, 1987)


Elena has taken part in the repertoire and premiere performances in The National Opera of Ukraine, participated in the concert dedicated to the 10th Anniversary of Independence of Ukraine and toured with The Bolshoy and Mariinsky Ballet companies as a soloist.

Elena is the participant of the world scale events:
– Rudolf Nureyev’s Farewell European tour (1991);
The Soviet Ballet Stars festivals (Sochi, Ulyanovsk, 1988);
– Summer Olympics‘88 in Seoul (as a member of the Bolshoy Ballet company);
– Yokohama Expo'89;
 – the concert dedicated to the 400th anniversary of Warsaw (the only ballerina from Ukraine, 1996);
– The Aida performance staged among the Egyptian Pyramides (The Triumph scene).

In the photos: on the left - Elena Kamenskikh in a booklet dedicated to the 400th Anniversary of Warsaw; on the right - Rudolf Nureyev’s signature


The winner of the First Prize in The All-Republic Ballet Competition in Donetsk (1987),
Holder of the gold medal of the National Academy of Sciences of Ukraine “For Achievements”;
Holder of the jubilee medal “20th Anniversary of Independence of Ukraine”;
Holder of Bereginya Doli (he Destiny Guardian) medal from the Charity Foundation Aratta-Cossacks-Nowadays

Japan, Finland, Hungary, CIC countries, China, The UK, The USA, Canada, Italy, Spain, France, Germany, Ireland, Norway, Sweden, Switzerland, The Netherlands, Portugal, Poland, Romania, Egypt, Morocco, Lebanon, Turkey, South Korea, Taiwan.

In the photos: on the left - a poster to the festival Russian Ballet Stars in Japan, 1993; on the right - in the UK with Rudolf Nureyev, Evelyne Desutter, Vivi Flindt, Margareta Levina and Andrew Fedotov


Filmed in:
Autumn Metamorphoses (1986), The Château d'If Prisoner (1988), A Little Humpbacked Horse. The Ballet Fairy Tale (1989)

Elena Baranovskaya worked as a teacher in The Dankevich Odessa State School of Art and Culture between 1998 and 2008. Her students, prizewinners of the international competitions, work successfully both in Ukraine and Europe.

In the photo: Carmen (The Carmen Suite)

Elena Baranovskaya is a ballet mistress, teacher and the leading soloist of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre.

Excerpts from the interviews and newspaper articles about Elena Baranovskaya:

«Theatre is not something casual. It is a temple in my understanding. I am a priestess in that temple. If an artist serves in that temple with sincere love he or she really gets great feedback from the audience…»
(from the interview for the newspaper Odessky Vestnik (The Odessa Messenger), May 5, 2011)

«– How long are you going to dance?
– Until I have stamina and health to do it…»
(from the interview for the newspaper Odesskye Izvestiya (The Odessa News), November 21,1996)

In the photos: on the left - an article in a newspaper Trud (Labour) of December 25, 1986 about a debut of E. Kamenskikh, a graduate from the Perm Choreography School on the stage of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theatre; in the middle - a sylphide (circa 1990); on the right - La Bayadère (1989) 


«She soars in the air; it is exactly what a sylphida does. This stirs admiration and brings enormous joy. However, only ballerina knows how hard she has to work daily to reach this …»
(from the newspaper Odessky Vestnik (The Odessa Messenger), 1991)

«The great Maya Plisetskaya praised Elena and called her one of the best performers of Carmen in The Carmen Suite.»
(from the newspaper Arguments and Facts in Ukraine # 34, 2008)

In the photos: on the left - Elena Kamenskikh as Juliette. An article in a Finnish newspaper; on the right - some Norwegian artist made a sketch of Elena Kameskikh while she was on stage in a performance. This sketch was published in a local newspaper afterwards


«While things in this country were still getting on track Elena was offered jobs almost in a best theatres of the world. She declined the offers and kept working in Odessa keeping up the classical dance level of the Odessa Ballet Company».
(from the newspaper Press-Currier, August 21, 2008)

«Our ballerina embodies a bright image of an outstanding woman the way only she can do it. The woman who made a fashion revolution staying one of the most beautiful legends of the 20th century appears transparent, light and inspiring. It is a story about a true Parisian woman, a true woman, who had a long and sparking life but lacked simple family joys».
(from the newspaper Tchornomorski Novini (The Black Sea News) about the ballet Coco Chanel, 1920..., August 16, 2008).

In the photos: on the left - an article in a Japanese newspaper, 1993; on the right - an article in a Finnish newspaper


Elena Baranovskaya’s Repertoire:

Nikiya and Gamzatti (La Bayadère by Ludwig Minkus);
Kitri (Don Quixote by Ludwig Minkus);
Giselle (Giselle by Adolphe Charles Adam);
Odette-Odile (The Swan Lake by Pyotr Tchaikovsky);
Marsha (The Nutcracker by Pyotr Tchaikovsky);
Princess Aurora (The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr Tchaikovsky);
Carmen (The Carmen Suite by Georges Bizet and Rodion Shchedrin);
Juliette (Romeo and Juliette by Sergey Prokofiyev);
The sylphide (La Sylphide by Herman Severin Løvenskiold);
Вакханка (Walpurgis Night by Charles Gounod);
Swanilda (Coppélia by Léo Delibes);
Tatiana (Eugene Onegin to the music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky);
Francesca (Francesca di Rimini to the music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky);
Smeraldina (Truffaldino. Servant of Two Masters by Michael Tchulaki);
Maria (Cavalry March Rest by Ivan Armsgamer);
Paquita (Paquita by Ludwig Minkus);
The girl (A Vision of a Rose to the music by Carl Maria von Weber);
The firebird (The Firebird by Igor Stravinsky);
Coco (Coco Chanel, 1920... to the music by Igor Stravinsky);
Anna (The Merry Widow based upon the operetta by Franz Lehár);
Iokasta (a fragment from the ballet based upon the biblical stories to the music by Vangelis);
Pas de deux of Diane and Actéon (from the ballet La Esmeralda by Cesare Pugni and Ricardo Driga);
Parts in one act ballets Les Sylphides and The White and The Black (to the music by Frederic Chopin) and others