In their solos Nadezhda Gonchar and Filipp Stepin were like racetrack Ferraris, faultlessly attaining super-high speeds and freezing instantly in unconstrained pauses.
• Prize-winner at the Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition (1999, 1st prize).
Born in Kiev.
Graduated with distinction from the Kiev State School of Dance in 1996 and was engaged as a soloist at the Kiev National Shevchenko Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Her repertoire there included Myrtha (Giselle), Aurora and the Lilac Fairy (The Sleeping Beauty), solos and variations from Paquita, Juliet (Romeo and Juliet, Serge Lifar’s staging) and the Queen of the Dryads (Don Quixote).
Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2002.
La Sylphide (the Sylph, Effie); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen,
Giselle (Zulma, Myrtha, Monna, Classical Duet); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa,
Le Corsaire (Gulnare, Trio of Odalisques); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography of Marius Petipa,
La Bayadère (Trio of Shades); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani,
The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond Fairy, Candide Fairy); choreography by Marius Petipa, revival of the 1890 production,
The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Florine, Violante Fairy, Gold Fairy, Silver Fairy, Courage Fairy); choreography by Marius Petipa; revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
The Sleeping Beauty (Diamond Fairy, Valiant Fairy, Candide Fairy, Sapphire Fairy, Silver Fairy, Princess Florine); choreography by Marius Petipa, revival of the 1890 production,
Swan Lake (Pas de trois, Two Swans, Big Swans); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Raymonda (Clemance, Henrietta, Variation in the Dream scene); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Don Quixote (Street Dancer, Queen of the Dryads, variation from Act IV, Flower-Girls); choreography by Alexander Gorsky,
Michel Fokine’s ballets Chopiniana (Nocturne, Prelude) and Le Spectre de la rose,
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Maria, Young Polish Women); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
The Nutcracker (Classical Trio, Doll, Waltz of the Snowflakes); choreography by Vasily Vainonen,
Romeo and Juliet (Juliet’s Companion); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
Leonid Yakobson's ballets Shurale (Syuimbike), Spartacus (Menada),
The Legend of Love (Gold Dance); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
Pas de quatre (Lucile Grahn, Fanny Cerrito); choreography by Anton Dolin,
Carmen Suite (Fate); choreography by Alberto Alonso,
George Balanchine’s ballets Apollo (Terpsichore, Calliope), Prodigal Son (the Siren), Serenade, Piano Concerto No 2 (Ballet Imperial), Symphony in C (III, IV. Allegro vivace), The Four Temperaments (Choleric), Scotch Symphony, Tarantella, Jewels (Emeralds, Rubies) and A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hermia, Helena, Pas de deux from Act II);
The Nutcracker (Masha); production by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Kirill Simonov,
The Magic Nut (Princess Pirlipat); production by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Donvena Pandoursky,
Cinderella (Khudyshka, Kubyshka, Female Dance); choreography by Alexei Ratmansky,
William Forsythe’s ballets Steptext and The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude,
Ondine (Giannina); choreography by Pierre Lacotte,
Infra; choreography by Wayne McGregor,
Symphony in Three Movements (the Fate of Maturity); choreography by Radu Poklitaru,
The Bronze Horseman (Columbine); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov, Yuri Smekalov,
Paquita (Paquita’s friends); choreography by Yuri Smekalov, reconstruction and staging of Marius Petipa's choreography (Act III Grand Pas) by Yuri Burlaka.
Repertoire also includes:
Pas de six from the ballet La Vivandière; choreography by Arthur Saint-Léon
and Glass Heart (Gardener’s Wife); choreography by Kirill Simonov.
Has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet to Great Britain, Germany, Korea and China.