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The Theatre Will Celebrate the Jubilee of Natalia Barysheva, People’s Artist of Ukraine

Natalia Barysheva’s 50th Anniversary of Working Activity will mark the upcoming Sunday, October 6. Natalia Barysheva is People’s Artist of Ukraine, an outstanding ballerina and choreographer. The Swan Lake performance will be dedicated to the Jubilee.  

Ekaterina Kalchenko, laureate of international competitions (Odette-Odile), Sergey Dotsenko, Honored Artist of Ukraine (Prince Siegfried) and Nikita Elikarov (Rothbart) will lead the performance.

The conductor for the October 6 performance is Igor Chernetsky. 

“Natalia Zdislavovna is a surprisingly delicate and helpful person. It is great pleasure to work with her. She never loses temper, she is a Professional with a capital letter “p’. Her expertise gives an opportunity to other dancers to get into nuances of a classical dance. Being a ballet mistress Natalia Zdislavovna has trained a number of wonderful ballerinas. Her work is gracious, full of fine understanding into roles. Her endless dedication to Ballet brings respect and love of her disciples”, Yuri Vasyuchenko, Principal Choreographer of the Odessa National Academic Opera and Ballet, Honoured Artist of Russia, says. 

The ballerina herself admits that she has had that strong passion towards dance since her childhood. “When I heard music, I used to start dancing and thank for applause as an adult dancer. By the way, I loved performing right on the street or, like I did once, during the sea voyage”, the artist tells. 

Alla Ryndina, Honoured Artist of Ukraine, a soloist of the Odessa Ballet, noticed a seven-year-old Natalia in a local dance group. “This girl will not be a cord de ballet ballerina!”, the prima said. Ekaterina Pushkina, Natalia’s first dance teacher confirmed the prima’s words saying to Natalia’s grandmother, “please, believe me, your granddaughter’s destiny is ballet”

Natalia Barysheva finished Odessa Ballet School in 1963 and was admitted to the ballet company of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Company. She performed quite difficult for a young ballerina part of the Lilac Fairy in the Sleeping Beauty several years later. When she was only 19 years old Natalia danced the part of Odetter-Odile in the Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky that is considered to be one of the most difficult parts in the world classical ballet. 

“Nature awarded Natalia Barysheva with outstanding plastique, ethereality, refined delicacy and deep musicality at birth. However, all these talents taken together would not have made Natalia the one she has become without day-to-day hard exhausting work. As one can bear sparkles of talent but no sparkle can flare up without work”, a journalist Lina Nick wrote in her article“ Both Expertise and Inspiration” published in the ‘ZASHITNIK RODINY’ (‘The Motherland Defender’) newspaper in January, 1981. 


On photos: The Dying Swan (choreography by Mikhail Fokin); Nikiya (La Bayadere by M. Petipa, choreography by Igor Chernshev)

Natalia Barysheva had additional training at the Bolshoi Theatre under Marina Semenova, People’s Artist of the USSR. “That great ballerina gave me the lessons of the highest expertise possible in dance and I made a number of parts of the classical repertoire under her supervision. I learnt from her how to train young artists and that is exactly what I am doing now, I am sharing my experience with young performers in this theatre”, Natalia Zdislavovona says.

On photo: The Swan Lake by Tchaikovsky (choreography by Lev Ivanov) 


On photos: El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla (choreography by Mai Murdmaa)

Ms. Baryheva performed the following parts on the stage of the Odessa Opera:

Odette-Odile and The Lilac Fairy (The Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty by P. Tchaikovsky);
Anna Karenina (Anna Karenina by Rodion Shchedrin);
Pier (Lieutenant Kijé by Sergei Prokofiev);
Funnie (The Great Waltz by Johann Strauss);
Giselle and Mirta (Giselle by Adolph Adam);
Kitri and Nikiya (Don Quixote and La Bayadere by Ludwig Minkus);
Zarema (The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by Boris Asafyev);
Phrygia and Aegina (Spartacus by Aram Khachaturian);
Jacqueline (J'écris ton nom by Francis Poulenc);
The Fairy (Cinderella by Sergei Prokofiev);
The Girl in the Ballet Mystery Guernica by Jan Freidlin;
the lead part in the ballet El Amor Brujo by Manuel de Falla in director’s cut of an Estonian choreographer Mai Murdmaa and others.

“I was trying to create a psychological drama using the language of choreography, Barysheva helped me a lot as she understood my idea very well and brought a lot of her own personality into the image of the main character”, Mai Murdmaa, producing choreographer of El Amor Brujo said.


On photos: Carmen (The Carmen Suite, choreography by Alberto Alonso) 

Natalia Barysheva was the first to dance the lead part in the ballet The Carmen Suite with the music by G. Bizet and R. Shchedrin. Her partner on stage was Azari Plisetsky.

The ballerina was awarded with the title of the People’s Artist of Ukrainian Soviet Socialist Republic in 1979. She became the second ballerina for 90 years of the Odessa ballet history who obtained that title. In 2000 Natalia Barysheva was given the title The Woman of a Decade in the nomination Culture and Art. In 2003 the ballerina was awarded with the medal Independence of Ukraine, in 2007 she became the holder of the Princess Olga Order of the Third Degree.

Ms. Barysheva has toured Canada, Vietnam, Spain, Italy, China, Finland, Egypt, Portugal, Bulgaria, Greece, etc. with the Odessa Ballet Company.

“The ballerina is afraid to become a prisoner of her previous success. This is the source for her insistence on high standards, everlasting disaffection with achievements. Only real Artists can live like that”, it is the citation of the newspaper ‘ZASHCHITNIK RODINY’ (‘The Motherland Defender’).  

On photo: Natalia Barysheva (photo by Cyril Stoyanov)