Please tell me a little bit about yourself. How long have you been dancing, and how long have you been a member of Moscow City Ballet?
My name is Lilia Orekhova, I am 26 years old. I graduated from the Vladimir Pisarev Choreographic school in Donetsk. From 2005 to 2008 I worked in Donetsk State Theatre of Opera and Ballet. From 2008 I've been working in MCB.
How does it feel to be a member of such a prestigious international ballet company?
I am grateful to my fate, that I am working in MCB and that the life has given me this opportunity to perform in such magnificent ballets.
The Nutcracker is such an iconic ballet, known and loved the world over, does that put added pressure on you?
For me each performance - is a great responsibility, Surely, The Nutcracker is one of the most well-known and also one of my favourite ones, I dreamed from my childhood to perform in it.
Do you think it adds something special to the performance that it is a Russian ballet by a Russian composer performed by a Russian company?
I think that the performance created in Russia is much closer for the Russian artists and they can translate the style of the ballet, and most importantly to express its soul.
What would you say makes your production stand out from other interpretations of The Nutcracker?
MCB's The Nutcracker - this is first and foremost the fusion of drama, choreography and music. This production includes the Land of Flowers and the Flower Fairy – a part which I love to dance. The ballet with the fun costumes, instantly recognisable music and Christmas scenes marks the start of the festive period for me. It’s a really fun ballet to perform. The production is so dynamic, that it grabs the attention from the very start and keeps it to the very end.
Is it a modern or a tradition take on the story?
Victor Smirnov-Golovanov had a very individual take on The Nutcracker, he always tried to keep the traditions of the Russian Ballet Tradition but also was not afraid to add new elements to the choreography.
Is the production suitable for people who are new to ballet? Would children enjoy it?
Of course, because the true love for ballet starts with love for The Nutcracker or Swan Lake.
Tell me why people should come to see your show.
Because the production of Victor Smirnov-Golovanov will not leave people indifferent and in my opinion it is the best.