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MIRTHFUL MASTER - Valdimar Korneyev

As with many of the Russian ballet master Arkangels, THE MIRTHFUL MASTER was uniquely suited to a life of teaching. As a principal with the Kirov, he epitomized the grace and discipline so revered in the Russian ballet world.

Throughout his career, he has successfully devoted his energies to building an enviable rapport with the lively 7 to 9 year old male students at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, school of the Kirov, in St. Petersburg. He rehearses his progeny with deliberate gentleness and good-humoured wisdom. Of the many striking qualities the Master brings to his teaching, he is most respected for his openness -- an attribute indicative of a truly intelligent man.

The Mirthful Master has a most unusual way of standing, cocking his head with not a trace of tension about his person. He is captured in this inquisitive posture, to convey both his genuine empathy for his students and his keen interest in their ultimate success.

"One must ask children and birds
how cherries and strawberries taste."

-- Johann Wolfgang Goethe

2001. The Arkangel Project.