Escape with ballet dancer
Xander Parish OBE
Season 1, Ep. 5
Today's guest is Yorkshire-born ballet dancer Xander Parish, who made history as the first British dancer to join the illustrious Mariinsky Ballet in St. Petersburg back in 2010.
He is now a principal dancer at one of the most famous ballet companies in the world and was awarded an OBE for his services, both to dance and British-Russian cultural relations.
Xander’s life in Russia has a storybook quality and not just because St. Petersburg is a city of jewel box coloured palaces – his repertoire includes romantic roles such as Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty’s Prince Désiré and our favourite star-crossed lover, Romeo.
Xander’s insights into St. Petersburg offer a treasure trove of cultural delights. Beyond Russia, he has performed gravity-defying leaps in some of the most magical places around the globe.
XANDER PARISH’S CULTURE GUIDE
Swan Lake (ballet) choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
Nutcracker (ballet) choreography by Marius Petipa, and music by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky
The Algarve, Portugal
Sadko Restaurant, St. Petersburg
Gran Teatro de la Habana
The Odeon of Herodes Atticus, Athens
Li Galli Islands (the ‘dance island’), Italy
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