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Kirov Ballet

Ninel Yastrebova as the Autumn Fairy in 'Cinderella' - 1940's. Before the version of Konstantin Sergeyev to Prokofievs music the Kirov ballet (in its former Imperial life as the Mariinsky) had an important and lavish production of Cinderella, produced by Marius Petipa and choreographed by Enrico Cecchetti and Lev Ivanov in 1893. The long-forgotten ballet was the first in which Prima Ballerina Assoluta Pierina Legnani, dancing the title-role, turned 32 fouette-turns. Small survivor of this production is a polka variation, now used for Medora in 'Le Corsaire.' Yastrebova herself peaked careerwise before the Kirov began to tour the West on the brink of the 1960's. She starred as Masha in 'The Nutcracker,' Aurora in 'Sleeping Beauty,' Gamzatti in 'La Bayadere,' Tao-Hoa in 'The Red Poppy,' and Parasha in 'Bronze Horseman,' a Soviet creation based on Pushkin's writing, to be revived by the Mariinsky in april 2016.

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Taken on March 28, 2010