Two Russian ballet divas have won the coveted Ballerina of the Decade title at the most prestigious and spectacular ballet gala in the world, “Stars of the 21st Century”, held at the State Kremlin Palace in Moscow.
The Canadian-born ballet extravaganza took place in the Russian capital for the first time in its 17-year history.
The superstar of the Mariinsky Theater, Diana Vishneva, and the Bolshoi Theater’s prima Svetlana Lunkina, have shared the title with soloists of the UK's Royal Ballet and the Bavarian State Ballet, Alina Cojocaru and Lucia Lacarra.
One of the highlights of the concert, featuring A-list ballet stars from all over the world, was a dance from the Mariinsky luminary, the 34-year-old star of “Beauty in Motion”, Vishneva.
The leading Russian dancer of her generation graced the Kremlin stage, performing pas de deux and pirouettes from Dmitry Shostakovich's “Duet from Kazimir's Colours” and Chopin's “The Lady of the Camellias”, in which her partner was American Ballet Theater's Marcelo Gomes.
The award-winning beauty recently tried her hand in cinema in Rustam Khamdamov's black-and-white silent drama, “Diamonds”, which had its premiere at the Venice Film Festival last month. Vishneva's role saw her portraying a ballerina who commits a “crime of passion”, stealing a diamond brooch.