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The Masterclasss sessions were as usual very successful and enjoyable. Vadim Muntagirov also taught this year, he is a very good coach. The day after the Masterclass Sessions Daria and Vadim had to dash off to Cyprus for three galas performing Swan Lake, and then finally a few days off with her family taken up with a trip to Cesky Krumlov in South Bohemia to stay in an old monastery and wander around on tree top walks. Back to ENB at the end of the month for preparations for La Corsaire and Nutcracker.
July was a very busy month with a new piece for the Queens Coronation celebrations at the Buckingham Palace, again with Vadim Muntagirov, which was televised by the BBC, this was followed by the opening night of Raymonda at the London Coliseum in ENB’s tribute to Nureyev series of evenings. At the same time Daria had to dash over to Prague to meet Darcey Bussell at the airport as Darcey had agreed to coach at this years Masterclass Sessions at the National Theatre studios. It was a question of a quick hello and then dash back to the airport for the opening night of Raymonda and then back over to Prague at the end of the week for the rest of the Masterclass Sessions.
June saw the return of Daria to the Royal Albert Hall to dance Swan Lake with Vadim Muntagirov. once again this was to great acclaim.
21st: Daria and Vadim have just been performing at the Bolshoi in Moscow for the Benois Competition. Vadim won it.
Since Christmas Daria and Vadim have performed in Giselle for two shows in Tokyo with the Japanese National Ballet and also in Sleeping Beauty in Southampton. On Sunday the 10th March at 11am Daria will be interviewed live on stage for the Move It show at Olympia in West London, after which of course will be a Mothers Day lunch with her daughter.
In early February Daria was able to fulfil a lifetime ambition of seeing Mr Bean perform live on stage. Rowan Atkinson was in the play Quartermaine’s Terms at the Wyndams Theatre in the West End of London. He did not disappoint, a wonderful actor with perfect timing.
Daria has just returned from Moscow where she was performing Swan Lake with Vadim Muntagirov at the Theatre in the Kremlin. It is an enormous stage and holds 6000 audience, (including President Putin). Daria was worried about taking Swan Lake to its’ home but the Russian critics said “Normally it is thought that only the Russian Ballerinas are truly empathetic with Swan Lake, however this was proved wrong with Daria Klimentová’s wonderful performance”. That is a fantastic compliment from the Russian public. The following is a short clip showing the from that performance.
Such a busy time. Its been a very busy year all round, with Lifetime Achievement awards, and Dancer of the Year, as well as endless guesting and galas in Japan, Prague, New York, Denmark and London as well as having her day job at ENB. Here are some pictures from Cape Town.
This is a picture of Daria receiving the Dancer of the Year Award at the Dance Critics Awards Ceremony at the Place Theatre on January 23rd, 2012.
Since Xmas Daria has had to dance in a Gala in Prague, and is now about the travel to Japan to perform with Alina and Johan, Lauren Cuthbertson and Vadim Muntagirov in a series of galas in Tokyo. Once back there is a short season at the Coliseum followed by Giselle in South Africa and galas in New York.
Previous update from August 2011
Strictly Gershwin has opened now at the Royal Albert Hall. The show always receives a luke warm response from the critics but the audiences seem to turn up in good numbers. Daria and Friedemann Vogel have had very good critics for their part in the show from all papers so far. The Sunday Times wrote “…….while the incredible duo of Daria Klimentová and Friedemann Vogel dance everyone else off the stage with their scintillating pas de deux to Summertime. Who said romance was dead.” You will find some other links on the Reviews page.
It has been a very busy few months so far. After Swan Lake at the Coliseum in March Daria and Vadim shot off to Taiwan for a All Star Gala and then no sooner were they back when they had to head off to Prague for a Giselle at the State Opera. Daria loves the opportunity to perform in her home town as it is very difficult to find the time to make it work. Back in London it was straight back to the Coliseum on 15th May for an All Star Russian Gala in honour of Galina Ulanova’s 100th annivarsary. Daria and Vadim Muntagirov danced Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux.
On top of all that Daria was rehearsing for Strictly Gershwin at the Royal Albert Hall with Friedemann Vogel before she had to fly off to Hong Kong on the 23rd May for a Gala there on the 28th and 29th.
Squeezed in between all the madness Daria was presented with the Dance Critics Circle Patron’s Award for Lifetime Achievement, at a lunch on the 19th May at the Kensington Gore Hotel, presented by Dame Beryl Grey.
After the Royal Albert Hall Daria has to prepare to dance Roland Petit’s “Carmen” at the London Coliseum in July just before her Masterclasses in Prague.
Immediately after the Masterclasses Daria and Vadim have to fly to South Africa to dance Swan Lake in Cape Town with Capac Ballet, who she used to be a Principal dancer with in 1992. No rest for the wicked.
Well, you may have been watching the BBC 4 documentary “The Agony and the Ecstasy” this March. This is a link to Ismene Browns critic of it: ARTS DESK
This is a short film of Daria and Vadim dancing for you: