Ever since the unknown Vadim Muntagirov and established English National Ballet star Daria Klimentova were unexpectedly thrust together at the last minute to dance a Swan Lake in the Royal Albert Hall, they have become a ballet ‘item’. The encounter between the two dancers was even more unusual as the backstage drama of the pairing was recorded by a BBC tv crew who were following the ENB for the fly-on-the-wall documentary Agony & Ecstasy: A Year with English National Ballet.
Since then, the pair have been around the world together… literally, as Daria’s photomontage below illustrates. Her biography (which came out earlier this year) was even entitled Agony and Ecstasy: My Life In Dance, and the now very well known Vadim went on to win this year’s ballet Oscar, the Benois De La Dance, nominated as best male dancer for his ENB appearances in Sleeping Beauty.
Vadim Muntagirov’s Gramilano Questionnaire will be online from tomorrow; but you can read Daria Klimentova’s now!
Graham Spicer is a writer, director and photographer in Milan, blogging (under the name ‘Gramilano’) about dance, opera, music and photography for people “who are a bit like me and like some of the things I like”. He was a regular columnist for Opera Now magazine and wrote for the BBC until transferring to Italy.
His scribblings have appeared in various publications from Woman’s Weekly to Gay Times, and he wrote the ‘Danza in Italia’ column for Dancing Times magazine.