Kirov Academy of Ballet
Kirov Academy of Ballet
Hebes Chasma is an enclosed, almost 8 km-deep trough stretching 315 km in an east–west direction and 125 km from north to south at its widest point. It sits about 300 km north of the vast Valles Marineris canyon. A flat-topped mesa is located in the centre of Hebes Chasma, which was likely shaped by the action of wind and water.
Image credits: ESA/DLR/FU Berlin (G. Neukum)
"Patterns created when one or more colors are thrown onto the surface of a bath using a marbling brush.
The first colors thrown tend to constrict as others follow and become the ‘vein’ colors for the latter thrown inks.
However, Guyot added drops of ink sequentially and each new color was added to a specific spot, which allowed for the bath to remain open surrounding each multicolored spot and in turn allowed it to remain clear when he began combing through the bath to get the striped effect of his works.”
Photo: Svetlana Zakharova in 2001
You’re coming back from maternity leave. How does it feel?
It’s not easy! But as soon as I stepped back in the studio, I told myself: Svetlana, you have time to get back in shape. There used to be days when, if something went wrong in class, I wouldn’t leave until I got it right. I tried to take it easier this time.
What are the pluses—and minuses—of being a tall dancer?
Long lines, long hands I think are very beautiful. But it can be difficult to find a partner. I often have to decline offers to dance abroad because the partner wouldn’t suit me heightwise.
You always change a detail of your costume to make it yours. Why?
It’s great to have something that no one else has. Whenever possible, I like to work with costume designers, because they know how to tailor a costume to my body, how to emphasize my personality and also how to hide some things.
Who is your toughest critic?
My mom. She attends most of my performances, and if she likes something, it means it really was good.
What’s the first thing you do in the morning?
I stretch a bit for my back, my legs. And now, of course, I check how my daughter, Anna, is doing. She is usually also “stretching” in her sleep, but for different reasons!
What’s your biggest indulgence?
Taking a day off when I’m really exhausted. I’ll cancel class, rehearsals, and just rest.
You’re a member of parliament in Russia. What does that bring you?
It broadens my horizons because ballet is a very closed world. It allows me to be more in touch with what’s happening in Russia and abroad, and if people come to talk to me about their problems, I try to help them as much as I can.
Of which accomplishment are you the most proud?
I still see mistakes every day in the mirror, so I’m only really proud of the birth of my daughter. It’s my biggest achievement.
Aging is something unpredictable and there is no real way to know how it’s going to affect each face and what is going to be the ‘final result’. In this interesting project, a photographer photographed 10 elderly people to match a photo taken of them 50-60 years earlier. Check out these before/after in 10 GIFs.