Marc lives in Ghent, Belgium and, apart from being a critic, is also a dance photographer. He travels extensively, especially, to follow the Russian ballet. He contributes to magazines such as Dance View and Danceviewtimes, Ballet Alert (Washington DC), The Dancing Times (London), Dance Now (London), Dance International (Vancouver), Dance Magazine (USA), Nezavisimaya Gazeta and Ballet (Moscow), BALLET2000 and BallettoOggi (Turin), and Brolga (Australia). His photographs have been exhibited and published in those magazines, in theatre programmes and in many other publications about dance. Selections of Marc Haegeman’s photographs and articles are available on his website For Ballet Lover Only.
Belgium-based dance writer and photographer Marc Haegeman looks at some history and changes at The Kirov Ballet—for better or worse.
In the 90s both the Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre in St. Petersburg and the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow—homes to two of the world’s most famous ballet and opera companies—have been struggling to survive in the radically changed socio-economical environment of post-communist Russia. Dance writer and photographer Marc Haegeman, talks about these companies and their ability to survive.