You went into self-imposed isolation shortly before the planned world premiere of the ballet Aurea of Goyo Montero. Is there any hope that in the future we will see this play or is it cancelled?
Natalia Ledovskaya: of Course, we’ll see! It stopped practically before the premiere. Has done a great job, people were ready. It is very difficult: when practicing hard, the most important release date, a whole life plan with it. Now everything will have to start almost from the beginning.
As in the theater had the idea to organize artists for online classes?
Natalia Ledovskaya: After we got home and went online, saw London’s Covent garden, Ballet San Francisco, the national ballet of the Netherlands and many other Western companies have done for your dancers classes in computer. I was lying on the couch, watched these classes is quite different from our own, and thought how great it is! And then I got a call from the theater: “Laurent (Hilaire, artistic Director of the ballet troupe. – Approx. ed.) asks, would you want to give classes for our artists?” I was so happy! But to rejoice in fact, I was delighted, but suddenly realized it’s new technology! I don’t understand. My colleagues know how complicated my relationship with technology, and I think they were shocked when I created a group and appeared in Zoom. Yeah I was shocked myself! But my doubts immediately vanished: the theater put up a sign in our own group on Facebook, and from one to the other the information spread further. I began to write artists from the Paris Opera, from Germany, came Masha Kochetkova, who is now working in Oslo, Tanya Miller and Diana Kosyreva from Budapest – formed international group. And, of course, do our artists.
When in the early days of isolation, I saw a broadcast from opposite ends of the world, as people twirl pirouettes on the concrete floor, he was terrified that the whole ballet will not retain their shape, and pericolosita…
Natalia Ledovskaya: That’s it! Stanochek can be done holding onto a chair, refrigerator, wardrobe. In the early days, of course, no one imagined that it would stretch. Thought a week or two to endure. And when everything was tightened, began to buy the home machines, professional linoleum. Thanks to our Directorate, we have a large rehearsal room recently decided to lay new linoleum and old, very comfortable, now cut and distribute home artists. Because the machine is not enough, need to leave in the middle, and girls to support the fingers. When doing the press and even the middle of working one group of muscles. To access the other, you need a jumping variation. Then the legs work differently, and the shape is completely different. So I somehow contrive, penedelia variations – most home for training not more than a meter per meter.
In the theater classes are held with live music at the piano. And online under the bill?
Natalia Ledovskaya: in No event! Class home – it is so painful, and if there’s no music that inspires us, we will go crazy and won’t want to do. Again, we’re trying technology. Theater were immediately provided for our class accompanist. But using Zoom with an accompanist well, if he was beside me. And when we are in different places, the guys say, if music is playing and I make comments, it is not unheard music, the sound moves to me. But if I turn on the music, you can’t hear me. So looking for options.
Supports any relationship with the company, Laurent Hilaire, who went to serve the isolation of home in France?
Natalia Ledovskaya: we had an online conference, because we all missed each other. He, like us, do not know how long this situation will continue. Told us that in the West all the performances, have been cancelled until September. And now I’m sending the link to Laurent, and he also comes to our classes. Apparently, we will soon have to communicate only via Zoom and Facebook. I marvel at our children, they are great. If you do not know when to go on stage, it’s hard to keep yourself in shape. We all support each other as they can. We continue to dance.