Toe to toe with pupil

Former WA Bal­let prin­ci­pal dancer Sergey Pevnev will per­form along­side his stu­dent Made­line Gill (16) at Perth City Bal­let’s pro­duc­tion of Giselle at the Quarry Am­phithe­atre. Pevnev will play Hi­lar­ion for the first time since his re­tire­ment in 2015.

Western Suburbs Weekly - - Front Page - By JES­SICA WARRINER

LOVE, be­trayal and an evening un­der the stars; Giselle is com­ing to the Quarry Am­phithe­atre.

The Perth City Bal­let pro­duc­tion is set to show­case a stel­lar line-up of Perth-based tal­ent, with former WA Bal­let prin­ci­pal dancer Sergey Pevnev tak­ing to the stage as Hi­lar­ion for the first time since his re­tire­ment in 2015.

He will be danc­ing among sev­eral stu­dents from his own Pevnev Bal­let Academy.

“It’s nice to be back on stage with my friends and stu­dents,” he said.

“It’s a very spe­cial pro­duc­tion; one of my full-time stu­dents will be per­form­ing the lead role.”

Along with Jas­mine Henry as Giselle, stu­dent Tamika Far­ru­gia will dance the peas­ant pas de deux and take on the role of the venge­ful Queen of the Wilis, while in­ter­na­tional guest prin­ci­pal dancer Ivan Tarakanov will per­form the lead role of Al­brecht.

Mr Pevnev has been danc­ing since he was 10 years old, with eight years spent train­ing full-time at the Vaganova Bal­let Academy in St Peters­burg.

“I al­ways had an in­ter­est in danc­ing,” he said.

“I was do­ing gym­nas­tics, but it was not emo­tional enough.

“I like the art of bal­let; it’s phys­i­cal, emo­tional and you can cre­ate amaz­ing roles.”

Made­line Gill (16), one of Mr Pevnev’s af­ter-school stu­dents, will take to the stage as a peas­ant and one of the Wilis.

“I like how bal­let chal­lenges me, and I re­ally en­joy per­form­ing,” the Melville res­i­dent and John Curtin Col­lege of the Arts stu­dent said.

Di­rected by Perth City Bal­let’s Diana Wal­dron, Giselle is show­ing at the Quarry Am­phithe­atre in City Beach from Jan­uary 17 to 20.

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Dancers Sergey Pevnev and Made­line Gill per­form­ing Giselle at the Quarry Am­phithe­atre.

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