Liudmila Konovalova was born in Moscow (Russia). She graduated from Moscow Bolshoi Ballet Academy and joined the Russian State Ballet in 2002. In 2004 she was appointed First Soloist and danced the title roles in „Giselle“, „Don Quixote“, „Schwanensee“, “Dornröschen”, „Der Nussknacker“, „Dance of the hours” and „Paquita”. In 2007 she joined the Staatsballett Berlin and was appointed Soloist in 2009.
In Berlin she performed the title roles in Vladimir Malakhov’s „Dornröschen“, Patrice Bart’s „Schwanensee“ and „Der Nussknacker“, „Scheherezade“ (Fokin) as well as Pierre Lacotte’s „La Vivandière“ and Clark Tippet’s “Violin Concerto“ (Max Bruch Nr. 1) as well as other leading roles in Patrice Bart’s „Giselle“ and „Das flammende Herz“, Vladimir Malakhov’s „Cinderella“ and „La Peri“, „Paquita“ (Petipa), „Flower Festival in Genzano“ (Bournonville) and Frederick Ashton’s „Sylvia“. In 2010 she joined the Wiener Staatsballett as a Soloist. In 2011 she was appointed First Soloist.
In Vienna she performed Odette/Odile in Rudolf Nurejews "Swan Lake", the title role and Bauernpaar in Elena Tschernischovas „Giselle“, Kitri, Königin der Dryaden und Erste Brautjungfer in Rudolf Nurejews „Don Quixote“, Prinzessin Aurora in Peter Wrights „Dornröschen“, Clara in Rudolf Nurejews „Der Nussknacker“, Olga in John Crankos „Onegin“, Titania in Jorma Elos „Ein Sommernachtstraum“, Rudolf Nurejews "Raymonda" (Valse fantastique), Hamsatti in Rudolf Nurejews "Bayadère" (2. Act), Hauptpartien in George Balanchines "Allegro Brillante" and „Thema und Variationen“, Serge Lifars „Suite en blanc“, Jerome Robbins’ „In the Night“, Twyla Tharps „Variationen über ein Thema von Haydn“, Nils Christes „Before Nightfall“, William Forsythes „The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude“, Rudi van Dantzigs "Vier letzte Lieder", Jorma Elos „Glow – Stop“, David Dawsons „A Million Kisses to my Skin“, Jirí Bubeníceks „Le Souffle de l’esprit“ parts of Marius Petipas "Die Bajadere" (3. Act) and Victor Gsovskys „Grand Pas Classique“.
She has appeared as guest dancer in many European Countries and overseas. During the Season 2013/14 she joined the Ballet de l`Opera National de Bordeau, the Slovenské národné divadlo, the Teatro dell´Opera di Roma and the Toyko ballet as a guest soloist. She was awarded a diploma for her participation in the Red Cross Gala in Italy and for the Nurejew Festival in Russia. For the ORF DVD production of "The Nutcracker" she danced the mail role of Clara.
Awards and honours: 3rd Place: competition “Young Russian Ballet” in Krasnodar (2004), Special Price from the Serge Lifar Ballet Competition in Kiev (2006), 2nd Place: International Ballet Competition KIBC in Seoul and 1st Place: ÖTR-Contest in Vienna as well as in the Ballet Competition „Premio Roma“ in 2007.
Prologue: The baptism
To celebrate the baptism of Princess Aurora, King Florestan and his Queen have invited all the fairies to be her godmothers. Unfortunately Carabosse was the only fairy they forgot to invite. Deeply offended, she arrives nevertheless, and prophesies that Aurora will prick herself with a spindle and die. Luckily the Lilac Fairy has not yet expressed her wish for Aurora, and so she now promises that Aurora will not die, but merely fall into a deep sleep, from which she will be awoken after a hundred years by the kiss of a prince.
Act 1: The spell
Aurora is celebrating her birthday. Four princes have come to ask for her hand in marriage. During the celebrations, a stranger gives the princess a bouquet of flowers in which a spindle has been concealed. Fascinated, Aurora dances with the bouquet, but pricks her finger on the spindle and falls to the floor lifeless. The stranger throws off her cloak to reveal that she is none other than Carabosse, triumphant that her curse has been fulfilled. However, as she disappears, the Lilac Fairy appears to keep her promise: she casts a mysterious magic spell that causes everyone to fall into a deep sleep and a dense forest to grow up around the whole castle, hiding it from view.
Act 2: The vision
A hundred years later, a young prince rides past whilst out hunting in the forest. Remaining behind alone, he dreams of finding his ideal of love. When the Lilac Fairy appears and shows him a vision of Princess Aurora, he begs her to lead him to her. She leads him through the fog of the forest into the gardens of the castle, where he awakens the sleeping beauty with a kiss. The spell is broken.
Act 3: The wedding
The characters from the fairy tale arrive for the festivities being held for the wedding of Aurora and the Prince. They congratulate the couple and dance for the assembled guests. The Prince and Aurora express their love for one another in a pas de deux. The general merrymaking culminates in a grand finale in which everyone participates.