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Interview with Maria Bulanova. Theatre world during Covid-19

24 Марта 2021

Interview with Maria Bulanova. Theatre world during Covid-19

We would like to continue our series of articles with aminoVITAL®️ brand ambassadors by an interview with the talented Russian ballerina Maria Bulanova

Maria Bulanova

Prize-winner at the Vaganova-prix International Ballet Competition (1st prize, St. Petersburg, 2016).
Maria was born in St. Petersburg.
In 2018 she graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet (class of Professor Lyudmila Kovaleva), starting from same year she belongs to the troupe of the Mariinsky Theater.

The Mariinsky Theater is one of the leading musical theaters in Russia and in the world. The theater traces its history back to 1783, when, by order of Ekaterina II, a troupe was established to present drama and opera performances at the Bolshoi Kamenny Theater (later rebuilt as a Conservatory) on Teatralnaya Square (Theatre Square).
The first Russian classical operas, Life for the Tsar (1836) and Ruslan and Lyudmila (1842) by Glinka, were performed there.
The building, which today houses the theater's historic stage, was built by the architect Alberto Cavos in 1859 on the opposite side of Teatralnaya Square on the site of the Circus Theater damaged by a fire. The following year, the main part of the performances was moved to this stage. At the same time the theater received its name - Mariinsky - in honor of Maria Alexandrovna, the wife of Emperor Alexander II. Later the theater changed several names, for almost 60 years it had the name of S.M. Kirov, and in 1992 it returned its historical name.

Maria's repertoire includes:
• La Sylphide (Effie); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen,
• Giselle (Myrtha); choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot and Marius Petipa,
• La Bayadère (D’Jampe, Grand pas); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version
• Swan Lake (prince’s brides, swans); 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,
• Le Corsaire (Medora, Trio of Odalisques); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography of Marius Petipa,
• Don Quixote (Street Dancer); choreography by Alexander Gorsky after motifs of the production by Marius Petipa
• Schéhérazade (Zobeide), The Firebird (The Firebird, the Princess of Great Beauty); choreography by Michel Fokine,
• The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Zarema); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov
• The Nutcracker (Waltz of the Flores); choreography by Vasily Vainonen,
• Symphony in C (III. Allegro vivace), A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Hippolyta); choreography by George Balanchine,
• The Legend of Love (Dance of the Court Dancers); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, In the Night; choreography by Jerome Robbins,
• The Nutcracker (Queen of the Snowflakes); production by Mihail Chemiakin and choreography by Kirill Simonov,;
• The Little Humpbacked Horse (Mare, Sea Princess),
• Anna Karenina (Princess Betsy), Cinderella (Female Dance, Dance teachers); choreography by Alexei Ratmansky,
• Paquita (Carducha); choreography by Yuri Smekalov, reconstruction and staging of Marius Petipa's choreography (Act III Grand Pas) by Yuri Burlaka,
• Pulcinella (Prudenza); choreography by Ilya Zhivoi,
• Push Comes to Shove; choreography by Twyla Tharp.

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How did you learn about the aminoVITAL®?

Once I got sick and was looking for ways to quickly recover in order to minimize the time lost out of work, to somehow speed up the painful process of getting back into shape, because it is no secret that this period is very unpleasant. So I decided to look for some supplements on the Internet, fortunately, there was a lot of time. As a result, I accidentally stumbled upon a photo of Alexandra Trusova using aminoVITAL® on Instagram.


What exactly do you like about aminoVITAL® products? How would you assess the effect of using aminoVITAL®?

I like aminoVITAL® Gold, it significantly increases my performance. After taking aminoVITAL® Gold it is much easier to warm up, hold on longer, stay focused and not get tired. I also really like it that it’s easy to use - no need to dissolve in water or carry a bottle with you.


Why did you decide to become aminoVITAL® ambassador?

I feel the effectiveness of aminoVITAL® products and I want to share this with ballet and other dancers.


What changes have taken place in the training process and preparation for performances in connection with the Covid-19 pandemics? How has the world of ballet changed recently? What helps to maintain your shape in such difficult circumstances?

As for the changes: for the first two and a half months the theater was closed, so keeping in shape, as much as it was possible for ballet dancers at home, was a rather personal matter. We were putting together equipment from improvised means – very amusing. The theater opened gradually, about a month and a half passed before the first non-mass concert took place. It's great that the theater opened relatively early, our management did everything they could to provide the theater workers with work, adjusting to all the restrictions and prohibitions associated with the pandemics.
Now, almost a year after the quarantine started, we can say that everything is working in the same mode, and perhaps even better - “what does not kill makes you stronger”, as a popular saying has it. If we talk about the positive aspects of the past quarantine and working with restrictions, I would like to mention the general increased level of discipline and personal responsibility for what was happening around.

I have had problems with my shape for quite some time, since the so-called puberty period began. Over a long time I “was banging my head against the wall" and still had no visible results. Then quarantine came. There was a lot of time to think about everything and finally start to act rationally. Go to the doctor, have a check-up, find out what is wrong.
Just at the moment I got back on track, I went down with Covid-19. I had free time again and I decided to educate myself about sports nutrition. After six months of quarantine, it became clear that if one wants, one can do sports at home (the main thing is not to bang yourself on anything and not destroy the apartment in the end). I want to believe that the pandemics is finally declining, and full-time work in all spheres shall resume very soon.

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