Vivos y pintados

La cantina del Mariinsky está siempre poblada de bailarines, de todas las épocas y países. Ayer, casualmente, empecé a ver caras conocidas.

Además de poder cruzarte con Ulyana Lopatkina, que pulula por los pasillos, o de sentarte junto a Danila Korsuntev, que mira distraído la tele, resulta que en esta cantina tienes las espaldas bien cubiertas. Las paredes están decoradas -y mucho, casi demasiado- con retratos de bailarines, algunos perfectamente identificables: desde Ruth St. Denis & Ted Shawn a Taglioni, Pavlova, Nijinsky, la gran Natalia Doudinskaya -cómo no- y hasta Oleg Vinogradov, director del Ballet cuando aún se llamaba Kirov, y la ciudad, Leningrado.

Lo más sorprendente es que en el centro, bajo el espectacular attitude de Doudinskaya como Odile, resucita Lola Montez. Posa desafiante, como vivió y como engañó al mundo. Esta cortesana irlandesa que se hizo pasar por bailarina española tiene aún el atrevimiento de representar a la danza española en el Mariinsky. Una preciosa e irónica jugada del destino.

Mariinsky’s canteen is always full of dancers, from all periods and countries. Yesterday, just by accident, I started to find people that I know.

Besides being able to meet Ulyana Lopatkina, strolling through the halls, or to seat next to Danila Korsuntev, absent-minded while watching TV, you’re never alone there. The walls are decorated -perhaps too much- with portraits of dancers, some of them easily identifiable: from Ruth St. Denis and Ted Shawn to Taglioni, Pavlova, Nijinsky, Natalia Doudinskaya -of course- and even Oleg Vinogradov, director of the Ballet when the company was still called the Kirov, and the city, Leningrad.

The most surprising thing is that in the center, under the spectacular attitude of Doudinskaya as Odile, Lola Montez comes to life. She stands defiantly, as she lived, and in the same way she tricked the world. This Irish courtesan poses as a Spanish dancer and still has the audacity to represent the Spanish dance at the Mariinsky. A beautiful and ironic whim of fortune.

 
* Photos Mariinsky © Elna Matamoros, 2011.

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