• Julia Sumzina

Alena Tarasova and Vsevolod Maevsky: Exile

What do we all need now, in 2022, when so many people are suffering, when many of us are divided?



Alena Tarasova and Vsevolod Maevsky are looking for an answer. Alena is from Russia, Vsevolod is from Ukraine, they’re friends. Both are in Europe now, creating a piece dedicated to the current feeling of “Exile”.


Now, facing an uncertain future in which friendship and supporting each other becomes the only way to survive Alena, the dancer and choreographer, and Vsevolod, the dancer who has left the Mariinsky ballet, are going to perform the actual creation at the Origen Festival Cultural in Riom, Switzerland.



Alena Tarasova is from Russia, as a dancer she studied in New York. She has worked with choreographers from the USA, Europe, Latin America. She has danced for Liliya Burdinskaya Dance Company (based in Saint Petersburg) for five years and was a guest artist at the Mariinsky Theatre and MusicAeterna (run by Teodor Currentzis).

After being awarded as a winner of the Competition of Young Choreographers of Saint Petersburg when she was only 16, Alena started her path as a choreographer. She also graduated from Vaganova Ballet Academy Master Choreographic Program in 2016. Her works have been performed in Saint Petersburg, Moscow, New York, Paris, Kazan, Ekaterinburg.


Vsevolod Maevsky was born in Kiev. He graduated from the Kiev State School of Ballet and after the the 1st prize winning at the Grand Prix Kiev (2017), Vsevolod joined the Mariinsky Theatre in 2018. His repertoire contains the various classical and contemporary roles, including the leading ones in The Firebird by Michel Fokine, Symphony in C by George Balanchine, The Swan Lake, Le Corsaire, etc. He’s also fond of music and writes songs in Ukrainian and Russian languages, which is also the musical basis for the “Exile”.



Even in the deepest darkness there’s a place for the light to be born from the art and humanity. Looking forward to the premiere of the “Exile”, let’s remember that many people now need the support. We wish good luck to Alena and Vsevolod and only light on their way.


Text: Julia Sumzina

Photos: © Nova Fundaziun Origen | Benjamin Hofer

Origen Festival Cultural

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