The Kirov’s Alina Somova. Pointe Magazine outtake. Photo by Nathan Sayers (2011).
Somova has danced all the major roles. She has beauty, stamina, elegant line. Yet reviewers still can’t decide if she’s a technical wonder with no soul, or a young artist with a soul that’s just not always visible onstage. “Dancer or circus pony?” went a 2009 headline in the London Telegraph.