"Narcissus." Nikolai Tsiskaridze


This photograph taken by Leonid Zhdanov (1927−2010) in 2008 is from his “Narcissus” series. It shows Nikolai Tsiskaridze, a leading dancer of the Bolshoi Theater, rehearsing the short ballet Narcissus by Kasian Goleizovsky (in Ulanova's interpretation). Tsiskaridze was born in Tbilisi, Georgia in 1973, went to Tbilisi School of Choreography, and in 1987 moved to Moscow to continue his studies in the class of Peter Pestov. He began dancing at the Bolshoi Theater in 1992. His teachers were Nikolai Simachev, Marina Semenova, Galina Ulanova, and Nicholas Fadeechev. Tsiskaridze later starred as a guest artist in many performances at the Paris Opera and the Mariinsky Theater and was a favorite dancer of choreographer Roland Petit, who created for him a new version of the ballet Queen of Spades at the Bolshoi Theater. This photograph was taken at the end of their second session of filming, after a long and exhausting rehearsal. Zhdanov, a Bolshoi dancer and then a professor of choreography for 50 years, was also a photographer for most of his career. His pictures are spontaneous and capture on film the movements, moods, and emotions of the unposed dancers. The Reborn Art Foundation in Moscow holds this image and the rest of the Zhdanov archive.

Last updated: February 3, 2015