Bolshoi Ballet star Eleonora Sevenard: ‘It’s nerve-racking for my boyfriend to dance with me’

Eleonora Sevenard makes her Royal Opera House debut this month
Eleonora Sevenard makes her Royal Opera House debut this month Credit: Getty

Ahead of her Covent Garden debut, Eleonora Sevenard talksabout her scandalous ancestor, and performing in the arms of Denis Rodkin

One Sunday afternoon towards the end of March, as the slushy spring thaw descends upon Moscow, I watch Eleonora Sevenard dance in Coppélia at the Bolshoi New Stage, just across the road from Red Square. Despite having been in the great Muscovite company for only a year and a half, and still a lowly corps member, she is playing the lead character of this comical 1870 confection, the spirited young bride-to-be Swanhilda. The following morning, when we meet, I ask her how she thought it went.

“Well, there were certain moments where I thought that it was totally horrible,”...

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