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Ballet life from a male perspective

Hello our dear readers,

With our busy tour this year I still managed to catch up with one of our leading Danseur and if some of you had the privilege to watch Vsevolod on stage you will agree with me that his Grande Jete are just exceptional.

Below is a brief Biography of Vsevolod Tabachuk, in case you have missed it in the previous years.

Vsevolod was born on 16th September 1995 in Krasnoyarsk. In 2014, he graduated from The Bolshoi Ballet Academy. He is a member of many festivals and winner of international ballet competitions. From 2014 Vsevolod became a soloist of the Astrakhan State Opera and Ballet Theatre. In the repertoire, Vsevolod performs roles as the Nutcracker, Harlequin – Nutcracker (P. Tchaikovsky), Benno, Pas-de-Quatre – Swan Lake (P. Tchaikovsky), Colen – La Fille Mal Gardee (P. Gertel), Benvolio, Tybalt – Romeo and Juliet (S. Prokofiev), Friend, Dendi – Waltz of White Orchids

Vsevolod has been on tour in Germany (2010, 2014), the United Kingdom (2015, 2016, 2017) and China (2018).

What is an important part of being on tour?

The most important is of course my health. My physical health and also the professional health. If I get ill, I still need to deliver my best on stage and that is hard. Professional heath is also very important, to have strong healthy legs, make sure your body can rest and recharge. You need to make sure you have enough energy for the duration of the tour as we have performances every day and at times 2 performances a day.

 

What has been the most difficult part of being on tour?

The most difficult part is the beginning of the tour and the end. At the beginning you need to adjust to the routine and the traveling. The end is hard because you are tired physically and morally, but you still need to be strong and that is hard. To dance in a ballet performance is hard enough but to dance 2 in one day, you need a lot of strength for that.

What do you enjoy the most about being a ballet dancer?

For many people ballet dancers are some sort of unusual people, at times special. When meeting new people, I often hear ‘Oh wow, I thought ballet dancers are different, but you are just like us and very down to earth.’ Often, I hear it from people who enjoy fishing (that’s my hobby) as ballet and fishing usually do not go together. I enjoy breaking stereotypies in people’s mind. As I enjoy fishing and I am a creative person instead of talking about Ballet I tell people about fishing. You can have a look here on my YouTube channel.

https://www.youtube.com/channel/UCzlnrv9__ScF615b3KTwMjA

It is in Russian but worth a look.

I also enjoy being on stage and I get satisfaction from it. Yes, it is hard work but if the audience are grateful then it is worth all the hard work. Touring can be hard and long, however, we, as ballet dancers see the world from a different perspective and lots of people would dream about that opportunity.

Why have you chosen to dance?

I have been dancing since I was a child thanks to my parents. They didn’t have another plan for me. When you are little you don’t really choose or understand a lot, you just do what is given to you and when you grow up you can’t understand how to live without.

Do you get nervous on stage and how do you deal with the nerves?

All artists get nervous before coming on stage and I am not an exception. Some performances are more nerve racking then others. Once you are on stage you are consumed by dancing and working hard and there is little space for nerves. As I said in my previous interview when asked a similar question by a girl who was very nervous and she wanted to hear my advice, ‘When you get nervous, does that help you dance or does that change anything for the better?’, she said ‘No’, to which I said, ‘Then what is the point of feeling nervous?’

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