What is ballet for you?

Four dancers of the Staatsballett Berlin - Marina Kanno, Aeri Kim, Gregor Glocke and Ksenia Ovsyanick - were asked our 5 questions about ballet. Here are their answers.

Marina Kanno, demi-soloist of the Staatsballett Berlin

1. What is ballet for you?

My life passion, life lessons. Honestly. Addiction.

2. What do you like about ballet most of all?

So many beautiful life encounters through this art and learned to be passionate, dedications, discipline towards life itself. And, of course, the feeling when you are on stage, to be so free, express yourself through movements is incomparable to anything. When I’m on stage, I immediately forget about everything and just live the moment.

3. What do you hate about ballet?

When I see too much politics behind. Unfairness. Irrationalism. Which is in every profession I assume… and that’s life. Whatever happens we all need to go forward somehow.

4. If I hadn’t done ballet, I would...

I would have become a florist.

5. What is your greatest inspiration?

My teacher from the Vaganova ballet school, Irina Sitnikova. She is my ballet and life inspiration. People around of me as well.

Aeri Kim, corps de ballet of the Staatsballett Berlin

1. What is ballet for you?

Ballet is like the air I cannot live without.

2. What do you like about ballet most of all?

It is very honest. The more I concentrate and search myself, it shows from movements and expressions. I also like how we can express emotions and tell stories through our bodies without saying a word.

3. What do you hate about ballet?

If a ballet dancer doesn't have an ideal physicality, it usually stops them from dancing different characters and it can also cause injuries. Ballet is painful.

4. If I hadn’t done ballet, I would...