エディション:
日本
写真 | 2020年 01月 29日 07:15 JST

Octogenarian Russian dancers prove age is just a number

Russian pensioners Maya Kachina, 82, and Lev Kitayev, 86, enjoy proving that age is just a number as they charm elderly audiences in Moscow with their dance moves, despite being well into their eighties.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Russian pensioners Maya Kachina, 82, and Lev Kitayev, 86, enjoy proving that age is just a number as they charmore

Russian pensioners Maya Kachina, 82, and Lev Kitayev, 86, enjoy proving that age is just a number as they charm elderly audiences in Moscow with their dance moves, despite being well into their eighties. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
1 / 18
With wardrobes full of sparkling costumes and cabinets packed with trophies, dancing has given the pair a new life. "I'm terribly fond of giving performances. I'm terribly happy," 82-year-old Kachina said after one of her many dance shows.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

With wardrobes full of sparkling costumes and cabinets packed with trophies, dancing has given the pair a new more

With wardrobes full of sparkling costumes and cabinets packed with trophies, dancing has given the pair a new life. "I'm terribly fond of giving performances. I'm terribly happy," 82-year-old Kachina said after one of her many dance shows. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
2 / 18
"After the war, when I was roughly around 10 years old, my mother took me to the theater," recalled Kachina, seen here resting after a performance in Moscow. "During the war we were evacuated to Omsk. (Russian ballet dancer) Galina Ulanova was performing. (She was a) swan, in a white tutu, beautiful. The music, it was a new world for me. It entered my soul so much, that I told myself that I wanted to be just like that. But how could I be like that? My dad was in the army, we went where they sent him, how could I dance?"

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

"After the war, when I was roughly around 10 years old, my mother took me to the theater," recalled Kachina, smore

"After the war, when I was roughly around 10 years old, my mother took me to the theater," recalled Kachina, seen here resting after a performance in Moscow. "During the war we were evacuated to Omsk. (Russian ballet dancer) Galina Ulanova was performing. (She was a) swan, in a white tutu, beautiful. The music, it was a new world for me. It entered my soul so much, that I told myself that I wanted to be just like that. But how could I be like that? My dad was in the army, we went where they sent him, how could I dance?" REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
3 / 18
Maya Kachina brushes her hair at home in Moscow. "I used to go to the fields, the bare fields, and danced alone. I used to like it a lot. And I really wanted to dance and I've lived all my life in my dreams," Kachina said.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Maya Kachina brushes her hair at home in Moscow. "I used to go to the fields, the bare fields, and danced alonmore

Maya Kachina brushes her hair at home in Moscow. "I used to go to the fields, the bare fields, and danced alone. I used to like it a lot. And I really wanted to dance and I've lived all my life in my dreams," Kachina said. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
4 / 18
When they first began to dance as a pair, after meeting on a dance floor in Moscow over 20 years ago, Kachina had much to learn from Kitayev and felt like she had to prove herself. But after years of practice the pair has become one of the most senior dancing couples in Russia. "I saw that he dances, better than me, of course, I latched onto him," said Kachina of their first meeting in Moscow's Sokolniki Park. "Lev didn't acknowledge me because I didn't know how to dance."

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

When they first began to dance as a pair, after meeting on a dance floor in Moscow over 20 years ago, Kachina more

When they first began to dance as a pair, after meeting on a dance floor in Moscow over 20 years ago, Kachina had much to learn from Kitayev and felt like she had to prove herself. But after years of practice the pair has become one of the most senior dancing couples in Russia. "I saw that he dances, better than me, of course, I latched onto him," said Kachina of their first meeting in Moscow's Sokolniki Park. "Lev didn't acknowledge me because I didn't know how to dance." REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
5 / 18
The pair, who share an old Soviet flat on the outskirts of the Russian capital but do not describe themselves as romantically involved, say most of their earnings go towards dancing shoes and new costumes, with Kitayev owning a collection of over 40 dancing outfits.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

The pair, who share an old Soviet flat on the outskirts of the Russian capital but do not describe themselves more

The pair, who share an old Soviet flat on the outskirts of the Russian capital but do not describe themselves as romantically involved, say most of their earnings go towards dancing shoes and new costumes, with Kitayev owning a collection of over 40 dancing outfits. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
6 / 18
Kachina said made her first dancing dress on her own, using old clothes donated by members of the audience after her performances.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Kachina said made her first dancing dress on her own, using old clothes donated by members of the audience aftmore

Kachina said made her first dancing dress on her own, using old clothes donated by members of the audience after her performances. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
7 / 18
To stay in good shape and stay flexible, Kachina exercises every day. She told Reuters other women said they find her strength outstanding, recalling one spectator: "I said, I'm 82. She was sitting in the first row and said, 'I'm 83 but you jumped so easily, and your arms moved so easily that I can't believe how it could be possible.' It was the highest praise for me."

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

To stay in good shape and stay flexible, Kachina exercises every day. She told Reuters other women said they fmore

To stay in good shape and stay flexible, Kachina exercises every day. She told Reuters other women said they find her strength outstanding, recalling one spectator: "I said, I'm 82. She was sitting in the first row and said, 'I'm 83 but you jumped so easily, and your arms moved so easily that I can't believe how it could be possible.' It was the highest praise for me." REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
8 / 18
Lev Kitayev shows dance costumes at his home in Moscow. "Several women agreed to dance with me. But I had one main criterion for the women: strong legs, a heart and desire to perform, and discipline," said Kitayev. "If we weren't in the right condition, we wouldn't be doing it."

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Lev Kitayev shows dance costumes at his home in Moscow. "Several women agreed to dance with me. But I had one more

Lev Kitayev shows dance costumes at his home in Moscow. "Several women agreed to dance with me. But I had one main criterion for the women: strong legs, a heart and desire to perform, and discipline," said Kitayev. "If we weren't in the right condition, we wouldn't be doing it." REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
9 / 18
Maya Kachina applies makeup at her home in Moscow. "I ask Lev if I should get my eyebrows tattooed. Should I have a tattoo?" Kachina said. Kitayev responded: "There's no need." "There you go," she said. "He doesn't need them."

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Maya Kachina applies makeup at her home in Moscow. "I ask Lev if I should get my eyebrows tattooed. Should I hmore

Maya Kachina applies makeup at her home in Moscow. "I ask Lev if I should get my eyebrows tattooed. Should I have a tattoo?" Kachina said. Kitayev responded: "There's no need." "There you go," she said. "He doesn't need them." REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
10 / 18
Lev Kitayev prepares for a performance at a social center in Moscow. "We've been performing in social centers together for over 20 years already. Free of charge, before or after lunch, they make announcements about the concert beforehand. Pensioners can eat there for free and come to the concerts," he said.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Lev Kitayev prepares for a performance at a social center in Moscow. "We've been performing in social centers more

Lev Kitayev prepares for a performance at a social center in Moscow. "We've been performing in social centers together for over 20 years already. Free of charge, before or after lunch, they make announcements about the concert beforehand. Pensioners can eat there for free and come to the concerts," he said. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
11 / 18
Maya Kachina's dance shoes are seen before a performance. Over the decades Kachina and Kitayev have developed a close relationship, enabling them to pull some of their most riskiest moves without falling.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Maya Kachina's dance shoes are seen before a performance. Over the decades Kachina and Kitayev have developed more

Maya Kachina's dance shoes are seen before a performance. Over the decades Kachina and Kitayev have developed a close relationship, enabling them to pull some of their most riskiest moves without falling. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
12 / 18
The dancing couple, seen here riding the Moscow metro to a performance, said their motivation is driven by the need to share the joy of dancing with their audiences.

REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

The dancing couple, seen here riding the Moscow metro to a performance, said their motivation is driven by themore

The dancing couple, seen here riding the Moscow metro to a performance, said their motivation is driven by the need to share the joy of dancing with their audiences. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
13 / 18
Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev arrange chairs before a performance at a social center in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev arrange chairs before a performance at a social center in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgeniamore

Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev arrange chairs before a performance at a social center in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
14 / 18
Lev Kitayev packs his dance costume after a performance at a social center in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Lev Kitayev packs his dance costume after a performance at a social center in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenmore

Lev Kitayev packs his dance costume after a performance at a social center in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
15 / 18
Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev play cards at their home in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev play cards at their home in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev play cards at their home in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
16 / 18
Statuettes and vases are seen at home of Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Statuettes and vases are seen at home of Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Statuettes and vases are seen at home of Maya Kachina and Lev Kitayev in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
17 / 18
Lev Kitayev looks on at his home in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Lev Kitayev looks on at his home in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina

Lev Kitayev looks on at his home in Moscow. REUTERS/Evgenia Novozhenina
Close
18 / 18

次のスライドショー

Protesting firefighters clash with police in Paris

Police fired tear gas and hit protesters with batons as firefighters demonstrated against working conditions and demanded more pay in Paris, amid widespread...

2020年 01月 29日

Violence escalates in Iraq as government pushes to end protests

Gunmen shot dead two protesters in Iraq's southern city of Nassiriya and a Baghdad district became a battlefield on the third day of a drive by security forces...

2020年 01月 28日

Auschwitz survivors mark 75th anniversary of camp's liberation

World leaders join aging Holocaust survivors in Poland to mark 75 years since the liberation of the Auschwitz death camp by Soviet troops, amid concerns over a...

2020年 01月 28日

Grammy Awards red carpet

Fashion highlights from the 2020 Grammy Awards.

2020年 01月 28日

その他のスライドショー

Security forces clash with protesters in Chile

Security forces clash with protesters in Chile

Unrest continues in Chile as protests that began in October over a rise in transport fares continue against Chile's government.

Photos of the month: February

Photos of the month: February

Our top photos from the past month.

Living in the age of coronavirus

Living in the age of coronavirus

Citizens in China and beyond adapt to a new normal of masks, temperature checkpoints and empty streets during a coronavirus outbreak that is spreading around the world.

Photos of the week

Photos of the week

Our top photos from the past week.

Cobra Gold military exercises

Cobra Gold military exercises

Soldiers assault the beach in Thailand as part of Asia's largest annual multilateral military exercise.

Turkey says it will let refugees into Europe

Turkey says it will let refugees into Europe

Refugees in Turkey head towards European frontiers after an official declared that borders had been thrown open, a response to the escalating war in Syria.

Greta Thunberg leads UK climate rally

Greta Thunberg leads UK climate rally

Several thousand people attended a rally in the southwestern English city of Bristol where Greta Thunberg denounced politicians and the media for ignoring a looming climate cataclysm, saying "I will not be silenced while the world is on fire - will you?"

World races to contain coronavirus

World races to contain coronavirus

On the frontlines as authorities around the world battle to prevent the spread of coronavirus.

Deadly riots over India's citizenship law

Deadly riots over India's citizenship law

At least 38 people have been killed in the worst bout of sectarian violence in the capital of New Delhi in decades.

スライドショーランキング