Russian ballerina Evgenia Obraztsova is a principal with Bolshoi Ballet and a frequent guest artist with The Royal Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet, Teatro dell’Opera di Roma and Tokyo Ballet as well as a guest soloist with Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Music Theatre.
Obraztsova was born in St Petersburg to a family of ballet dancers. She graduated from Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, St. Petersburg, Marina Vasilieva’s class, in 2002, and joined the Mariin-sky Ballet Company the same year. She joined the Bolshoi as a principal in 2012. Her roles include Odette/Odile (Swan Lake), Juliet (Romeo & Juliet), Princess Aurora (Sleeping Beauty), La Sylphide, Carla Fracci’s Cinderella, Margherita in Luciano Cannito’s Faust, Giselle, Kitri (Don Quixote), Ta-tiana (Onegin), Maria (The Fountain of Bakhchisarai) and a role in In the Night. In 2006 she created the title role in Pierre Lacotte’s production of Ondine, for which she won the Golden Mask award.
Obraztsova’s many other prizes include the gold medal at the 2005 Moscow International Ballet Competition. She has per-formed as a guest artist around the world, with companies including American Ballet Theatre, Roman Opera Ballet, La Scala Ballet, Milan, Arena di Verona, ANB Ballet Company, The Royal Ballet, Tokyo and Berlin State Ballet. She made her Paris Opera Ballet debut in June 2013 as the title role in Lacotte’s La Sylphide opposite Mathias Heymann. Film performances include in the romantic comedy Les Poupées russes (Russian Dolls) with Kelly Reilly and Romain Duris directed by Cédric Klapisch.