Krasnodar, 27 June – Yug Times. The life of the founder and artistic director of the Children’s Ballet Theatre Transiences Natalia Lozovaya could have easily underlain some fiction novel. It would have been a story of the world of the genuine Russian classic ballet, of a great love of a little girl for dancing pointes and the stage, and of the childish dream that came true owing to titanic labour and persistence. Since her early girlhood, Natalia Lozovaya had dreamt to become a ballet dancer.
“I always liked to watch ballet performances on TV, although usually they were on very late,” she recalls. “I used to be whirling round my room for hours, repeating all steps of the dancers, and then I would fall into the embrace of my imaginary dancing partner (it was the huge sofa standing in our living-room), and fall asleep on it.”
Natalia’s parents saw her passion for dances and sent her to a ballet class at the age of four.
One day, her troupe was performing together with the Moscow Choreographic College, and Director of Vaganova Choreographic College Sofia Golovkina came to see the dancers.
“Until now, I can remember Sofia [Golovkina’s] words that she said to me: ‘You are dancing magnificently, and I like you very much, you have chic legs but they are too big for ballet’,” says Lozovaya.
Then it was one of the heaviest strikes in her life.
After secondary school, Natalia entered the Department of Choreography of the Krasnodar Institute of Culture and Arts. When she was a sophomore, she learnt by chance of the vacancy of a dancing-master at the local Arts School.
“They let me enroll two classes of children,” she explains.
The watershed year for her was 1992, when she opened the Children’s Ballet Theatre Transiences. Then few would believe in the future success of 18-year-old Natalia: what she, still a student, could do? Now her Ballet Theatre teaches 250 children. Its repertoire consists of 15 performances, and throughout its history, the theatre staged about 250 choreographic miniatures.
The theatre often goes on tours to Europe, and takes part in international festivals and charity concerts.
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