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Russian Polina Semenova has been awarded the Daphne prize
Russian Polina Semenova, the prima ballerina of the State Berlin Ballet, has been awarded the Daphne prize. The union of Berlin theatre lovers has since 1976 been giving this prize, named after a heroine of the Greek mythology, to debutants and debutantes of metropolitan stages for outstanding creative achievements. The 20-year-old Semenova finished the Moscow ballet school of the Bolshoi and has already received prestigious prizes at international contests in Russia and Japan. In 2002, Vladimir Malakhov, director of the Berlin Staatsoper Unter den Linden ballet, invited Semenova to Berlin. Soon she became a soloist of the new State Berlin Ballet, which was formed following a merger of the dance companies of three metropolitan theatres. Malakhov graduated from the Moscow choreographic school. In 1986, he joined the Moscow classic ballet company led by Natalia Kasatkina and Vladimir Vasilyev, where he danced the roles in the ballets "The Creation of the World" (Adam), "Don Quixote" (Basil and Camacho), "Romeo and Juliet" (Romeo and Mercutio), "Swan Lake" (Prince Ziegfried), and Giselle (Albert). In 1992, he became the leading soloist of the Wiener Staatsoper Ballet, and from 1994, a soloist of the National Ballet of Canada. In 1999, Malakhov debuted as a choreographer at the Wiener Staatsoper by staging his own version of the ballet La Bayadere and in 2001, produced the ballet Un Ballo in Maschera to Verdi's music.
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