Choreographer, 30, is shot dead in Moscow street

Choreographer, 30, is shot dead in Moscow street


norman lebrecht

December 27, 2020

Natalia Pronina, a choreographer and dance school chief, was shot twice in the face in a Moscow street while out with friends one night last week.

The attack occurred in in a courtyard on Profsoyuznaya Street in the Yasenevo district. No cause is known.

The violinist Sergei Ostrovsky writes:
Some horror… killed Natalia Pronina, choreographer, beautiful, smart girl, sun, killed by a shot in front of her friends near her home, at the age of 30 years.
I was lucky enough to know her, she had met my cousin before, they came to my concerts both in Moscow and Nizhny…
Always full of energy, loaded with ideas, always elegant, always as if on stage. Her posts on FB have always been about work, about new projects, she was happy for the success of her students, more than for herself… Goodbye, Natashenka, no words, how terrible it is all….


  • Nijinsky says:

    That’s sad. My friend Solofiev, he also just gone like that. Poof. Not like sliding turning rounds down hill (in’s now), just gone. Very sad! Wish her to be in Heaven with many friends. Not too much to ask.

  • drummerman says:

    NL, exactly how does printing this horrific story provide your readers with “swift and reliable inside information on the most fascinating of art forms?”

    • We privatize your value says:

      Aaah, let’s not talk about problems in Russia, right, wonderful Russia, so secure, huh, so calm and steady under the leadership of dear Volodia, innit, no lawlessness at all, at all, at all, 110100101000110…

  • Sharon says:

    What a tragedy!

    For a while I was really into watching dance on stage. At a time when I felt that my life was spinning out of control watching all that controlled and planned energy, that is, choreography, was very therapeutic to me and gave me a lot of hope that I could live a life that was planned and ordered, yet full of passion, like dance on stage, and eventually that did happen for me.

    Living with controlled and well thought out passion, or energy along with rule, that is, living with choreography, is what makes us human and allows us to have culture and civilization.

    Violence is thus the opposite, indeed the enemy, of choreograpy. Thus, although I do not want to reduce the death of this real flesh and blood person to symbolism, I can’t help but think about the irony of it.

    • Nijinsky says:

      You should never read about dance, because it’s as stupid as typing which now is going on and there also abatttttt and then you don’t have the yyyyy

      Aba y because when some people are on drugs they don’t like to reach away, but leave them some space, heh!

      You just stick with the keys easiest to reach, then go back and fill in what’s missing beyond what the reach wanted to do, when it didn’t want to reach that far.

      And you can choose!

      A barby and other things!

    • Nijinsky says:

      Oh, thought actually that you said in the beginning that you was reading, but it says “really.” ALSO! I wasn’t at all trying to insinuate that you should get yourself murdered – because just to read about it – as if that’s choreography. Because it isn’t enough to avoid by just going through with it….
      And no one wants to see you murdered on stage, and not run to the police, or sue the entertainment venue, or whatever; and if you know those that wouldn’t do what should be done to prevent it, please let the authorities know….

  • Edgar Self says:

    She is the secondt Russian ballet artist to bee shot in the streets recently. The other, whichmay have been in St. Petersburg, I think was a designer or choreographer who was the object of professional jealosy. Clarly the Russians take ballet very seriously.

  • JussiB says:

    I’m confused, is it 1 or 2 shots?