Maria Ilyushkina

Ilyushkina’s Odette is surprisingly un-contemporary in the finest sense of the phrase – it cannot be said that the image has been created “vintage-style”, yet at the same time the careful port de bras, the movement of the arms, the poses revealed and the foreshortening of the duet supports appears like a delicate reminiscence, a hint at images of the past on which the ballerina as if casts her gaze. Apropos, even without this elegant stylisation Maria herself seems to belong rather to “that” era than “this”. The “white” acts are chaste and sublime. Here the unmistakable spiritual lyricism is important, the playfulness of the swanlike lines of the body, the focus on classical purity of dance. The beautiful refrain of the White Adagio resounded with a soaring arabesque in which the dancer froze for several seconds.
Yekaterina Pollak. Beatrice Magazine . 15.01.2020

First soloist

• Prize-winner at Valentina Kozlova International Ballet Competition (New York, 2016, gold medal)

Born in St Petersburg.
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2016 (class of Yulia Kasenkova).
Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2016. Soloist from 2020.

Repertoire includes:
La Sylphide (Sylphs); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen,
Giselle (Monna); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa,
La Bayadère (Nikia, Trio of Shades, D’Jampe, Grand pas); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vakhtang Chabukiani and Vladimir Ponomarev,
The Sleeping Beauty (Maids of honor of Aurora); choreography by Marius Petipa, revival of the 1890 production, staging by Sergey Vikharev,
The Sleeping Beauty (Lilac Fairy, Princess Florine, the Tenderness Fairy); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
“Paquita” Grand Pas (variation); choreography by Marius Petipa,
Swan Lake (Odette-Odile, Brides of the Prince, Swans); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Raymonda (Raymonda, variation in the scene Dream); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Le Réveil de Flore (Diane); reconstruction of the 1894 production by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revival by Sergei Vikharev,
Le Corsaire (Medora); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography by Marius Petipa,
Don Quixote (Queen of the Dryads); choreography by Alexander Gorsky after motifs of the production by Marius Petipa,
Le Carnaval (Estrella, Chiarina), Chopiniana (Prelude); choreography by Michel Fokine,
Jewels (Emeralds), Serenade, Symphony in C (II. Adagio – soloist, IV. Allegro vivace); choreography by George Balanchine, 
The Nutcracker (Waltz of the Flowers); choreography by Vasily Vainonen,
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Young Polish Noblewomen); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
Sylvia (Ceres); choreography by Frederick Ashton,
Grand pas classique; choreography by Victor Gzovsky;
The Stone Flower (Amethysts); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
Cinderella (Khudyshka); choreography by Alexei Ratmansky,
The Nutcracker (the Nutcracker’s Sisters); production by Mihail Chemiakin, choreography by Kirill Simonov,
The Bronze Horseman (Contredanse); choreography by 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.

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