Vladislav Lantratov, whom I mentioned in the review of Pharaoh’s Daughter, was promoted from First Soloist to Leading Soloist of the Bolshoi Ballet on 14th December 2012.
Lantratov joined the Bolshoi Ballet straight from the Moscow Choreographic Academy – the Bolshoi Ballet’s own school – upon graduating in 2006 (he was in the class taught by Ilya Kuznetsov). He was given a fair few soloists roles from early on and took a principal role in The Bright Stream in 2009. He was promoted to soloist on 23rd September 2010 and was promoted again to First Soloist in September 2011.
He has noticeable stage presence, a very clear-cut technique and dances with apparent ease. His coach is Mikhail Lavrovsky and I can certainly see similarities in their light and yet strong styles.
With Bolshoi Ballet’s live streaming to cinemas in UK, we will hopefully have more chances to watch him in the future.
I am very much looking forward to seeing more of him and how he handles a variety of roles. I am curious to see how much further he improves; at this rate of progress he would appear to have what it takes to make it up the final step through the ranks of the Bolshoi to Principal Dancer.