REDMILK MEETS THE RUSSIAN DANCER MARIA KOCHETKOVA. PRIMA BALLERINA IN SAN FRANCISCO BALLET AND THE AMERICAN BALLET THEATRE. DISCOVER HER PASSION AND THE REASON WHY SHE CHOOSES THE ART OF DANCE.
When did you realize you wanted to be a dancer?
The first time I went backstage at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow when I was about 10 years old. It was such a different and magical world and I realized that I wanted to be a part of this ‘behind the scene’ world.
What is dance for you?
Human beings are the happiest when they find what they love to do. Tolstoy said: Happiness is when you do what you love.That is what dance is to me. This is how I express myself. It’s a necessity.
Tell us something about your artistic background.
I love music, films, books, art, meeting people. I try to find inspiration in everything I do.
What is your favorite dance step?
I don’t have one. I don’t break dance into single steps. I like to think of it as of something bigger than just a bunch of steps.
Which are the skills that give the perfection of the dancer’s body?
Discipline and patience.
You are very active on social, especially on Instagram, what about this?
I feel ballet isn’t something people know a lot about, but I know they’re curious and I want to introduce them to my art form through social media. I love ballet and I want them to love it just as much. You don’t hear about ballet on the TV or radio in US but I hope that will change one day. Any kind of art is important for our humanity. It has to be available to all people.
Photos by Lady Tarin