THE WORLD ACCORDING TO MARIA KOCHETKOVA INTERVIEW BY PAULA GOLDSTEIN DI PRINCIPE
Born in Moscow, Maria Kochetkova trained at the Bolshoi Ballet School for eight years before dancing with The Royal Ballet and English National Ballet in London. She joined the San Francisco Ballet as a Principal Dancer in 2007 and has performed as a guest artist with the Bolshoi and Stanislavsky Theaters in Moscow, the Mariinsky and Mikhailovsky Theaters in St. Petersburg, ABT in New York and the Tokyo Ballet in Japan. Kochetkova also performed the Grand Pas de Deux in San Francisco Ballet’s Nutcracker which was broadcast by PBS in 2008 and won the solo gold medal in the NBC series Superstars of Dance which was watched by over 10 million viewers.
You grew up in Russia do you still call it home?
As my family is in Moscow I still call it home, but I currently live in San Francisco which is my home away from home.
As a dancer you are very disciplined is their anywhere you truly turn off and escape to?
I find it’s hard to turn off from what I do after all these years of discipline. I know that the more I let myself relax the harder it’s going to be to get back in shape. But sometimes it’s necessary to take a day off and recharge for the week ahead. Also reading or watching a film are one of the easiest escapes for me. My dream is to have a library at home one day.
Do you travel with your ballet company? Is it like rock band on tour?
I don’t know. I never traveled with the rock band, but if they have to get up early every morning for class then I guess it probably is.
When you travel for work are you very protected or allowed to go out and explore?
I’m allowed to do whatever i want, but the problem is I don’t have time. Most of the time I try to make my trips as short as possible so I can get back for the rehearsals and shows in San Francisco and miss as little work as possible. Sometimes I wake up very early the morning after the show and explore before my flight back.
Do you have any rituals when traveling?
I have to make sure I bring enough pointe shoes
I pick all my outfits before I travel too
Whats the most important thing to you in the world?
Family. They are always there for me and help me when I have to make a hard decisions