About

Alena Shkatula  

Prima Ballerina of the Estonian National Ballet.  

Born in Belarus, Alena graduated from Minsk Ballet School in 2003 where she endowed the influence of the best Russian ballet traditions and style.

Alena  had a dynamic start to her career and while still in school she was a favorite to perform  demi solo roles with the professional ballet company.

In 2003 Alena was invited to join the “ National Opera and Ballet Bolshoi Theater of Belarus “ and in 2005 she was promoted to the position of the soloist.  

While exploring the new horizons in 2008 Alena joined the National Estonian Ballet with its attractive repertoire and opportunities and very quickly established a good rapport and following with the public.

In 2009 Alena  took a part in “ Helsinki International Ballet Competition”  in Finland and became a laureate.

 In 2012 she won the “Annual Estonian Theatre Award  for Dance” for the inspirational and soulful  interpretation of the roles of Manon in  Sir Kenneth MacMillan “Manon “  and Rosalinde in Ronald Hynds “Rosalinde” among the others.

Same year she was awarded ERGO Dance Award for various interpretations of roles during the season, she won a hearts of Estonian public.

Alena’s recent partners include:

Vladislav Lantratov (Bolshoi Ballet), Friedemann Vogel (Stuttgart Ballet), Michal Krchmar (Finnish National Ballet), her frequent partner Denis Klimuk (former Bolshoi theatre Belarus, and Boris Eifman ballet)

Alena had a pleasure to create quite a few roles including:

Jeanne Hébuterne  (T. Edur’s “Modigliani – the Cursed Artist” ), Medea (J.Schiavoni’s “Medea”), Cinderella (M.Kesler’s “Cinderella”), Princess Aurora ( T.Edur’s “Sleeping Beauty”).

Her repertoire includes:

Tatiana ( John Cranko’s “ Onegin ),  Manon (Sir Kenneth MacMillan’s “Manon” ), Odette/Odile ( “Swan Lake” ),  Pink Girl (G.Balanchne’s “Who Cares”) Nikia ( “La Bayadere” ) ,  Rosalinde ( R.Hynd’s “Rosalinde”),  Sugar Plum Fairy  ( Ben Stevenson’s “The Nutcracker” ),  Queen Anne ( “The Three Musketeers” by David Nixon), Lead in Ravel’s “Boléro” , Lead in Uwe  Scholz’s “Symphony No. 2” , Kitri ( Boris Eifmann’s ballet “Don Quixote”), Cinderella   (M.Kesler’s “Cinderella”),  Jeanne Hebuterne (T.Edur’s “Modigliani -the cursed artist”)

Recordings and broadcasts:

“The Nutcracker” filmed at  “La Fenice” theatre  for the European culture TV channel “Mezzo” .

“Modigliani – the cursed artist” filmed by “National Estonian Public Broadcasting “.

Guest appearances :Boris Eifmann Ballet 2012, NBA Tokyo, Finland.

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“…one of the best Tatianas I have seen in 10 years!” -Reid Anderson  (Director of the  Stuttgart Ballet)

“… Shkatula is a convincing actress!”    “Dance Europe”

“… Shkatula was a queen of the stage…” Medea  “Postimees”

“ …Alena Skatula so good in the role of Manon and her clean lines are absolutely mesmorising…  “Postimees”

„ …As Nikiya, Alena Shkatula brings a long-limbed , epic dimension to the choreography. Her ravishing line is reminiscent of the Bolshoi’s Svetlana Zakharova , but Shkatula also has an attractive, coltish aspect that brings out the vulnerable quality of the character she is playing. Her balances are formidable, her supple back a joy to behold and her pointe work is strong. She is less a temple dancer than a goddess incarnate. “ “ Dance Europe “