In addition to her vivid natural gifts, Stepanova’s dance is notable for the old-style and today rare Vaganova school with its inherent beauty and cantilena-like movements, port de bras and the refinement of the poses.
Her debut as Aegina showed us a beautiful and technically powerful dancer and a thinking actress. She brought something recognisably modern to the role of the courtesan of distant times. Spoiled and hungry for enjoyment, her young character is intoxicated with life and knows no moral taboos. It is only the terrifying scene of the death of Harmodius, whom she sends to his ruin, that the beauty’s mental wellbeing breaks down. But already a minute later she is swept up in a whirlwind of bacchanalian dance, it’s as if she’s in hysterics, fleeing from the idea of her treachery in hazy merriment.
St Petersburg Theatre Journal
Recipient of the Taglioni Prize in the category “Best Young Ballerina” (2014)
• Diploma-recipient at the Vaganova-Prix international competition (St Petersburg, 2006).
Born in Orenburg.
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2009 (class of Professor Lyudmila Safronova).
With the Mariinsky ballet from 2009 to 2014.
Giselle (Myrtha); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa,
La Sylphide (Sylphs); choreography by August Bournonville,
La Bayadère (Gamzatti, Grand pas, Variation in the scene The Shadows); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vakhtang Chabukiani,
Swan Lake (Odette-Odile, Swans, Hungarian Dance, Mazurka, Spanish Dance); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Raymonda (Henrietta); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Don Quixote (Queen of the Dryads, Mercedes, Street Dancer); choreography by Alexander Gorsky,
Michel Fokine’s ballets The Firebird (Firebird), Schéhérazade (Odalisques),
George Balanchine’s ballets Jewels (Rubies, Diamonds) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Helena), Symphony in C (III, IV. Allegro vivace),
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Ghirei’s Second Wife); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
The Nutcracker (Waltz of the Roses, Waltz of the Snowflakes); choreography by Vasily Vainonen,
Spartacus (Aegina, Egyptian Woman); choreography by Leonid Yakobson,
Sylvia (Sylvia); choreography by Frederick Ashton, Carmen-Suite (Fate); choreography by Alberto Alonso,
The Legend of Love (Dancers); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
The Nutcracker (the Nutcracker’s Sisters, Queen of the Snowflakes, Waltz of the Flowers); production by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Kirill Simonov,
Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets Anna Karenina (the Envoy’s Wife) and The Little Humpbacked Horse (Gypsy Dance),
Presentiment of Spring (women); choreography by Yuri Smekalov,
Le Parc; choreography by Angelin Preljocaj,
The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude; choreography by William Forsythe,
Infra; choreography by Wayne McGregor
and dances in the opera Ruslan and Lyudmila.
Has toured with the Mariinsky Theatre to Germany, the USA, France and South Korea.