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15 April 2020, 15:52
With its dancers stuck at home in quarantine, the Mikhailovsky Ballet is continuing to do one of the things Russia does best…
Ballet stars of Russia’s Mikhailovsky Theatre perform arabesques, pirouettes and pas de deux with various household items, including a saucepan, a bath towel and a broom.
In a scene from Don Quixote, the ballerina’s fan is replaced by a plate; in Giselle, we’re treated to a rather delicious substitute prop – a saucepan of Russian dumplings (watch below).
Скучаем по нашим зрителям! ОЧЕНЬ скучаем! Miss you all! REALLY miss you! #сидимдома #будьтедома #зрители❤️ #берегитесебя #михайловскийтеатр #всеподомам #мывместе #stayhome #takecareofyourself #audience❤️ #mikhailovskytheatre #wearetogetherPosted by The Mikhailovsky Theatre on Sunday, 5 April 2020
In Russia and the world over, theatres and concert venues are closed to contain the spread of coronavirus.
The ballet company posted the video on Facebook about a week ago, and it has since gone viral with more than 600,000 views.
The video was captioned (translated from Russian): “Miss you all! REALLY miss you! #stayhome #takecareofyourself #audience❤️ #mikhailovskytheatre #wearetogether”
Also in the video, we see one of the dancers pirouette all the way around a roundabout, along with a beautiful lift performed in the snow.
“We need to stay positive right now, that’s the message,” principal dancer Ivan Vasiliev told the BBC. “Life might be tough now, but a good mood and a sense of humour can save the world.”
At a time when everything can seem rather serious, it’s rather wonderful to see one of Russia’s top ballet troupes bringing a smile to faces across the world...