Love (& Gratitude) in the Time of Corona

Nov 20, 2020

2020. The year we will never forget. Whether it brought the good, the bad, or the ugly, there was no shortage of plot twists. No one could have predicted the year we’re experiencing. School environments were disrupted, major shifts occurred in people’s work-lives, and entire industries are on hiatus for the foreseeable future (cough cough..the performing arts). In a time of so much unknown, it’s easy to obsess about the future and try to predict what lies ahead. Instead of trying to look into a crystal ball, we opted to take a different approach — to focus on the present. In an effort to stay grounded and optimistic, we asked some of the artists at Moscow Ballet to share their insights through three simple questions. Here’s what they had to say:
What does Christmas mean to you?
Adel Kinzikeev: During the Christmas season, we spend most of the time on stage where we give the audience our love, our feelings, and our emotions. We really love to share! Therefore, Christmas for us is a lot of giving. When it comes to family gatherings, we do it online if we cannot be there in person.

Anna Trofimova: Christmas means Nutcracker! I believe that next year will be better, we’ll be back on stage, and we’ll give people this fairytale again.

What are you grateful for?
Adel Kinzikeev: I am very grateful to fate for meeting my Victoria, my soul mate, the mother of our beautiful daughter. We are together 24 hours a day, but this is not enough for me.

Anna Trofimova: A lot of things! First, I’m grateful for friends and family, all of whom are happy and healthy — second, my profession. It’s the best job and gives me a joy that cannot be overstated. It’s a great reward to be able to do what you really love — for me that’s being a ballet dancer and ballet teacher. I thank the Lord for this every day of my life.

What’s your favorite Christmas tradition?
Adel Kinzikeev: Family tradition is very important. Our whole extended family gets together, but since we spend most of the time in the theater, my wife and I have developed our own little traditions. For example (and for many years in a row) we have celebrated the New Year on stage or in a plane…even once in a taxi! But we’re always together! Of course, we try to spend all our free time with our daughter too.

Anna Trofimova: I get to celebrate two Christmases! I know it sounds crazy, but because of the new and old Christian calendar in Ukraine, we can celebrate twice — the first time on December 25 in tandem with the Americans and then again when we meet in the New Year on January 7th. This is great for me because I’m usually away from home touring the US for the first Christmas, but I’m guaranteed a second Christmas with my relatives when I return. I’m very happy about that!

Despite not having a normal Nutcracker Christmas, we’re inspired by their positive outlook. Like many of us, their answers affirmed an incredible sense of adaptability and the resilience of the human spirit. Such reflection instantly adds perspective. This year we ask you to take a similar approach. Share these questions with your own family, whether it’s at the dinner table, while preparing a meal, or via Zoom. Find joy in these findings. Listen with care and learn from your loved ones. With a little reflection and gratitude, we can set the stage for 2021 and remind ourselves what’s truly important.

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