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Diana Vishneva at the London Coliseum

Posted on November 12, 2014

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diana-vishneva-carlsons-woman-in-a-room-cgene-schiavoneThe Maryinsky ballerina Diana Vishneva will appear at the London Coliseum in April, dancing her show Diana Vishneva: On the Edge. The evening is a double bill of works created for Vishneva, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Switch and Carolyn Carlson’s Woman in a Room.

Born in Leningrad (now St Petersburg), Vishneva trained at the Vaganova Academy and joined the Maryinsky Theatre in 1995. Since 2006, she has also been a principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre.

Created by American-born contemporary choreographer Carolyn Carlson, Woman in a Room is a solo that shows one woman’s journey in life. Inspired by the films of Andrei Tarkovsky, it is danced to music by Giovanni Sollima and René Aubry.

Maillot, the director of the Ballets de Monte Carlo, has created a pas de trois for Vishneva. Switch is danced to music by the film composer Danny Elfman, and performed by Vishneva with Bernice Coppieters and Gaëtan Morlotti.

Presented by Ardani Artists, the company founded by Sergei and Gaiane Danilian, Diana Vishneva: On the Edge will be performed at the London Coliseum on April 14, 16 and 18. Tickets are now on sale from or 020 7845 9300.


Picture: Diana Vishneva in Woman in a Room. Photograph: Gene Schiavone




Zoë was born in Edinburgh, and saw her first dance performances at the Festival there. She is the dance critic of The Independent, and has also written for The Independent on Sunday, The Scotsman and Dancing Times. In 2002, she received her doctorate from the University of York for a thesis on “Nationhood and epic romance: Ariosto, Sidney, Spenser”. She is the author of The Royal Ballet: 75 Years and The Ballet Lover’s Companion.

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