PEVNEV CHARMS IN PRINCELY ROLE

Southern Gazette (South Perth) - - Lifestyle - Tanya MacNaughton

WA BAL­LET prin­ci­pal dancer Sergey Pevnev has played a prince in so many bal­lets, from Swan Lake to Sleep­ing Beauty he says the role is as fa­mil­iar as eat­ing break­fast.

“Al­though ev­ery prince is dif­fer­ent and I’ve had to build up my own im­age of how to act be­ing royal,” he said.

“Un­for­tu­nately there’s not the money in my bank ac­count to match.”

He will reprise the princely role when WA Bal­let prin­ci­pal dancer Jayne Smeul­ders’ Cin­derella is restaged this month fol­low­ing its 2011 pre­miere.

Pevnev only danced the re­gional Cin­derella tour due to in­jury four years ago, so thank­fully will have the op­por­tu­nity to per­form a sea­son of the bal­let at His Majesty’s The­atre be­fore re­tir­ing at the end of the year.

“It’s bet­ter to fin­ish at the top rather than the bot­tom when I feel I can still dance,” he said.

“It’s been on my mind the last couple years; I’m the equal old­est in the com­pany at 39 and I’m al­ready a bit older than many who re­tire.

“I’m happy with my achieve­ments and I’d love to, while I can still walk and jump, pass my knowl­edge on to younger gen­er­a­tions.”

The fa­ther of four-year-old Nadya and one-year-old Alesya with wife and for­mer WA Bal­let dancer Fiona Evans said he hoped to re­turn to the com­pany as a guest dancer at some stage.

Pevnev, who was born in Saint Peters­burg in Rus­sia and joined WA Bal­let in 2004, will keep his po­si­tion as res­i­dent pho­tog­ra­pher, hav­ing pho­tographed the dancers since pick­ing up a cam­era in 2006.

“I spend eight hours a day in the stu­dio and al­ways have my cam­era with me,” Pevnev said. “I know the chore­og­ra­phy, so it’s easy for me to catch good pho­tos; I don’t have to hunt for them, I just know what’s com­ing next and press the but­ton.”

Pevnev said he would in­crease his teach­ing sched­ule, which in­cludes run­ning his own stu­dio, Rus­sian Bal­let Acad­emy in May­lands, by adding a full­time course fo­cus­ing on the Vaganova method at Academie Etoiles dance school in Boor­a­goon.

“I’ve let Aurelien (Scan­nella, WA Bal­let artis­tic di­rec­tor) know I’m avail­able 24/7 if he needs my help.”

Pic­ture: An­drew Ritchie www.com­mu­ni­typix.com.au d445959

A re­flec­tion of grace: WA Bal­let prin­ci­pal dancer Sergey Pevnev will play the Prince in Cin­derella at His Majesty’s The­atre.

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