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DARK BEAUTY - Ina Zubovskaya

Prima ballerina, Inna Zubkovskaya was said to share Anna Pavlova's dark beauty and lyrical dramatic style when she danced. In life, she exuded a serene, elegant star quality, evident in both her couture dress and her authoritative carriage.

As a ballet mistress at the Vaganova Academy in St. Petersburg, Inna's traditional teaching approach was enlivened by her command of the ballet language, her clarity of intent and by her authenticity. Her students loved attending her classes.

Posing for her portrait in Ohio, during the 1990 Kirov tour which captured many Guardians and Arkangels, she is portrayed in a pose chosen to emulate her poise and grace. Her Arkangel evokes the imaginary character of Popiani - the dark and mystical beauty fantasized in the original Arkangel Drum Dance story.

 

"I must move, move away from this darkness unasked for
...make that second discovery of fire: love"

-- Rienz Crusz

2001. The Arkangel Project.