Maria Seletskaja

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Maria Seletskaja graduated from Tallinn Ballet School in 2002 and continued her studies at St. Petersburg Vaganova Ballet Academy (2002–2003). In 2003–2006 she studied choreography at Tallinn University and in 2011–12 she studied Music Theory, Harmony and Orchestration at Berklee College of Music. She was a soloist with the Estonian National Ballet in 2003–2005, a soloist with Staatsballett Berlin in 2005–2009, a first soloist with the Zürcher Ballett in 2009–2010 and since 2011 she is a soloist with the Royal Ballet of Flanders. Her repertoire includes: Tchaikovsky’s Odette/Ottilie (“Swan Lake”), Snow Queen (“The Nutcracker”), Lilac Fairy and Diamond (“The Sleeping Beauty”), Raymonda (Glazunov’s “Raymonda”), Minkus’ Quiteria, Queen of the Dryads and Street Dancer (“Don Quixote”) and Nikya (“La Bayadère”), Sylph (Fokin’s “Chopiniana”), Sylvia (Delibes’s “Sylvia”), Ballerina (Petipa’s “Paquita”), as well as Alice (G. Madia’s “Alice’s Wonderland”, music by N. Rota), Myrtha (Adam’s “Giselle”), Fairy Godmother (Prokofiev’s “Cinderella”), Polyhymnia (Balanchine’s “Apollon musagète”), Kriemhild (Béjart’s “Ring um den Ring”), soloist parts in Bigonzetti’s “Caravaggio”, Robbins’ “The Concert” (music by Chopin), Ravel’s “Boléro”, Balanchine’s “Ballet Imperial” and “Allegro brilliante”, Forsythe’s ballets “The Second Detail”, “In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated” and “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude”, Tippet’s “Bruch Violin Concerto No. 1”, Duato’s “Jardí Tancat” and “Na Floresta”, Elo’s “Red With Me”, Van Manen’s “Sarcasms”, “Frank Bridge Variations” and “Concertante”, Dawson’s “The Third Light”, Ekman’s “Tyll”, etc. Maria Seletskaja received a scholarship at the Vaganova-Prix International Ballet Competition (2002), 3rd place at the Eurovision Young Dancers Contest (2003), 3rd place at the “Premio Roma” competition (2004), an Encouragement Prize at the International Ballet Competition in Helsinki (2005) and the annual Estonian Theatre Award (2005).

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