Avon Valley Gazette - - OPINION - Tanya Mac­Naughton

IT has been more than a year since 24- year- old Rus­sian dancer Ivan Tarakanov left St Peters­burg’s Mikhailovsky Bal­let Com­pany in search of a ca­reer with more va­ri­ety.

He has found it by danc­ing in projects in Is­rael, Ja­pan and the US.

A chance en­counter at WA Bal­let with the com­pany’s for­mer prin­ci­pal dancer Sergey Pevnev has brought Tarakanov on a re­turn trip to Perth as this year’s in­ter­na­tional guest artist for Perth City Bal­let’s Jan­uary sea­son at Quarry Am­phithe­atre.

Pevnev teaches at Perth City Bal­let and is also di­rec­tor of Pevnev Bal­let Academy.

Un­der the di­rec­tion of Diana Wal­dron, Perth City Bal­let will present a full- length pro­duc­tion based on Shake­speare’s comedy A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream star­ring Tarakanov as the mis­chie- vous Puck and Sarah Hep­burn as Ti­ta­nia, cour­tesy of WA Bal­let.

“I love Perth and I wanted to try some­thing new,” Tarakanov said.

“This per­for­mance is com­pletely new for me; I’ve never danced in A Mid­sum­mer Night’s Dream be­fore, so it’s a great op­por­tu­nity.”

Tarakanov ar­rived in Perth at the be­gin­ning of De­cem­ber and spent Christ­mas with Pevnev and his fam­ily. He said he was struck by the beauty of Quarry Am­phithe­atre and it would be an hon­our to per­form in the open out­door space.

“Last time I per­formed in Is­rael was in an am­phithe­atre at a big fes­ti­val, but it didn’t look like this,” he said.

“It’s nice to feel so con­nected with na­ture while danc­ing.”


Ivan Tarakanov.

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