Show at the Catherine’s Palace in St.Petersburg 2011

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I brought my traveling collection, plus several new dolls to the Musical Olympus Foundation Charity Ball on May 21st, at the Catherine’s Place in St. Petersburg.


This was my exhibition room at the Catherine’s Palace. Not too shabby.


Setting up for the show later in the evening.


The new doll ‘Wife’, was exhibited too.


The weather was beautiful and really warm and the palace grounds were like a fairy tale.


It’s show time! Chad and I are making our way through the palace chambers to the ball room.



Explaining the concept behind ‘State Property’ to a theater director.


Believe it or not, but this is almost 10pm in the evening in St.Petersburg in  May. The days are very long and darkness only lasts for about 3-4 hours. In mid June it doesn’t get dark at all. The room was filled with golden light and everything glowed.


The ball was magical and at the end, there were fireworks in the gardens. The show had to be taken down that same night after the ball, and I had to do it very quickly in my ball gown.


I’m exhausted from a day jam-packed with working, dancing and unforgettable impressions.

But the night didn’t end there. As we took down the show, and the palace emptied, Chad went to inform the organizers and got locked out of the palace, leaving me all alone, stuck on the other side. I spent almost 40 minutes trying to find the rest of the crew and Chad, wandering around through the darkening mazes of cavernous gold rooms and staircases, all on huge heels and enormous skirt and with 2 heavy suitcases full of dolls. Chad in the meantime was running around in the dark gardens, going from one locked entrance to the other. Every now and then I would run into some staff member of a take-down crew and plead for their help, but in such an enormous place and with several different crews working, there was a real communication problem and nobody could help me. I was beginning to think that we were accidentally left behind to spend the night there with the ghosts of Russian monarchs.

Eventually I was found, or I found them. I was substantially frightened and exhausted and my feet were bleeding by that point.

But it makes a good story.

54 Responses

  1. Oh, what a wonderful, exhilirating, horendous and fabulous adventure. Kind of fairytailish, that part where you were sort of lost in the castle, you in your fab gown that so apt for being in a castle.

    Congratulations! Looking forward to seeing more photos.

  2. Amal says:

    Oh goodness, you look amazing in your gown!!! (Did you embroider it yourself?! :-p ) And the palace – a venue just about fit for EDs! ^_^

    The ending sounds a bit nightmare-ish but hope it didn’t ruin the adventure!

  3. Mari says:

    Wow, it sounds like an amazing fairy tale! And this gorgeous dress…Marina, you are even better than your dolls! ^_^ I am happy for this wonderful experience!

  4. ~Jenny~ says:

    Super impressed by the wonderful and magical photos. Especially the second last one. Makes me wanna see the archictecture in Russia someday.

    Loved the story. = )

  5. Crystal says:

    What a fantastic experience that not too many people get to have! Next best thing to being royalty! How wonderful to be able to wear a ball gown! It really looked perfect!
    I wonder if the dolls were for sale or auction at the ball?

  6. shane says:

    I’m shocked that: “Pardon me, I am locked out of the palace” isn’t in a standard English-Russian phrasebook.

    Congrats on the show!

  7. Amy says:

    Marina, you look absolutely beautiful in that gown! The color was made for you.

  8. Orangey says:

    Wow, what an incredible venue, and incredible dress for the occasion! You look lovely! Imagine gazing upon the dolls with this kind of backdrop, I imagine it makes for better than average fan photography shots. Love that shot of Banshee/ Snow White and the prince!

    Congrats on the day! Maybe you should have been like Cinderella and tossed off a shoe (or both!) in dramatic fairytale gesture, would’ve saved you the bleeding feet! I’m sure it’ll be an interesting memory though~

  9. lena says:

    OMG your dress is the prettiest thing I’ve seen in my life! You were beautiful! (and you still are, haha)

    Congrats on such a nights, I’m glad you were found and rescued xD

  10. Signe says:

    An excellent story and so befitting one of your dolls. In fact the last photo you could be a doll. Thank you for sharing this fairytale day!

  11. Annina says:

    wow you were like the prince and princess in that story, i hope your feet have healed up!

    it looks so amazing, thanks for sharing the story and the photos!
    you both look stunning all fancied up like that! :)

  12. nune2010 says:

    Congratulations! Marina really looks beautiful in the blue costume! (just a little curious about Chad’s moustache that it’s just gone,why? :) I feel happy for you 2. I hope your feet will get better so soon. What a lovely couple:)

  13. Rosanna says:

    wow the dress looks very similar to paradise kiss the last fashion show gown. you look great in it!

  14. The Old Maid says:

    Beautiful place and beautiful dress you have Marina:) Great story to tell your family and friends glad it ended up well;D
    And I am happy we do not have so short nights during spring/summer seasons over here!:)

  15. Sabrina says:

    I visited St. Petersburg last summer and was at the Catherine Palace – it really does take your breath away, doesn’t it? I know what you are talking about when you said you got lost inside and Chad got lost outside!!

    Seeing “Wife” there amongst all of the gold and splendor was striking. That’s an amazing photograph.

    (Did you get stuck looking at the floor in that room? I found myself so drawn in by the floor that I could hardly walk across it. And did you get to see the Amber Room?)

  16. Maria you are stunning how proud Chad must be being next to you. Lord he is tall…..I am just over flowing with envy. Please share more pics….Congrats “Vous êtes Splendide”

  17. Swan says:

    I can’t even believe how beautiful this is. It makes me want to cry.

  18. Beautiful photographs Marina is stunning wow looks like a very beautiful princess enchanted palace Images.
    both are spectacular both Marina and Chad you. Enjoy magnificent exhibition I would love to be there to view it. Congratulations.

  19. MollyTheWanderer says:

    A beautiful room to showcase your beautiful dolls, Marina! And your ballgown is beautiful too ^_^. Cant wait to see The Bride in detail. Your so lucky to get to be in St. Petersburg, hope its thuroughly inspiring you.

  20. Алёна says:

    Марина, Вы просто красавица! Поздравляю Вас с этим сказочным событием!

  21. Jon Songserm says:

    Congratulations! I so happy to hear your update about the new show!

    Ps. I really love your dress.

  22. jacci says:

    sounds like the show went great, and you looked beautiful. can’t wait to hear about the next one. are yu going to put up a galley photo section for “wife”? i’m really interested to see that doll.

  23. somnifer says:

    I’m sorry to hear about your poor feet, but thank-you for sharing your amazing evening with us.

  24. Sylvia says:

    I name this tale:”Marina and the golden Trap”

    You really look like a princess in that ball gown, you only lack the tiara.

    despite bloody feet, the stress and mostlikly overstretched arms…Congratulations for the successfull show and magical evening.
    The Castle looks so beautiful. It must have made an extraordinary background for your creations.

  25. Silvana says:

    Wow, you are so beautiful like a princess in this dress, the palace so gorgeous the perfect place for yours dolls. But …lol …wow that story, the princess lost in the mazes of the palace and the prince trying to come to the rescue …interesting story for posterity, do you think?

  26. Kamila says:

    What an ending to such an enchanted night! Sounds truly like a fairy tale, althought a slightly dark and twisted one ;)

  27. Astera says:

    Hi Marina! These pictures make me dream…Your gown is absolutely gorgeous…indeed you and Chad make a lovely couple. The dolls look perfectly at home in this glittering setting and the audience seems captivated. Congratulations!

    As for the after show adventure…wow, you must have been pretty concerned at some point! I would have been in a panic in your shoes (and yes, I would probably have lost both of them trying to find the exit! ;)).

  28. Carmen says:

    Congratulations on the beautiful show. what a wonderful place/setting for your dolls. Love the picture of snow white and the princes. Your dress is lovely and hope that your feet heal quickly.

  29. Sonia says:

    Hi! The dolls are amazing!!! The most beautiful dolls I ever seen. Sweets regards from sunny Spain,Sonia.

  30. Blue says:

    Please come to Australia one day!!! PLEASE PLEASE!!

  31. KatyBelle says:

    This looks amazing! Glad it went well!

  32. VB says:

    Hi hi, quite an humorous story :)…

  33. helen says:

    your dress is beautiful, perfect!

  34. Jayne Wourms says:

    Marina you look like a little doll yourself sitting on the parquet floor! What an absolutely enchanting picture. Congratulations on what is sure to be a very successful show.

  35. Anastasia says:

    I was at “Doll’s Time” exhibition today. Your dollss are really Very Important Dolls, and I just can’t stop looking at them, finding new outstanding details again an again! Your work is perfect and i found that your dolls are really very small. And with all those eyes, fingers, nails, tattoes, ears, lips, beautiful jewelry and clothes your dalls are perfect masterpieces! They are even more beautiful in real life then on photoes. Thank you a lot for coming to St.Petersburg! That was a very good shot of inspiration, thank you very much!

  36. Anastasia did you take any shots at the exhibition! Lucky you

  37. Marzenia says:

    Your dolls are amazing… I can’t stop looking at them. Really amazing job!

  38. Ketzel says:

    Marina, you’re work is so inspirational – nearly transcendent! Please consider printing a poster of that photo of your dolls all grouped for the exhibition – I would love to hang it in my own studio . . .

  39. Marcia says:

    Beautiful, amazing, captivating, scary, exhausting, fantastic! Such an experience….
    Thank you for sharing it with us, your loyal fans.

  40. It’s perfect that we are able to get the loans moreover, that opens new opportunities.

  41. Amal says:

    Was just looking over photos of the riots in Vancouver… hope you weren’t caught up in it at all. From the pictures it seemed pretty bad. :(

  42. Barbara Granda says:

    Will you be traveling with your dolls to the United States? I hope so.

  43. Марина, здравствуйте!
    Совершенно случайно набрела на Ваш сайт, хотя куклами как таковыми сильно не интересовалась никогда. Они замечательные. Но больше меня тронула тщательность с которой Вы делаете и сами куклы, и костюмы к ним. Я не умею рисовать, мой мозг никак не синхронизирован с моими руками, и это самая большая моя беда:) потому что костюмы, которые я вижу у себя в голове для своих проектов (я фотограф) я не могу воссоздать в полной мере. Поэтому смотреть на удивительно тонкую работу в Ваших куклах было очень приятно:) Спасибо! и большой привет из Сибири:)

  44. Marília Andrade says:

    Hello Marina!
    I am Brazilian, living in Rio de Janeiro.
    I am fascinated by her dolls. They are the most beautiful dolls I’ve seen.
    The dolls are perfect!
    Congratulations you are very talented!

  45. Marina says:

    Actually, Amal, our flight landed in Vancouver just a few hours before the riots began. I took a nap at 6pm and woke up 4 hours later to find the city was on fire. It was surreal, because Vancouverites are generally very mellow people.

  46. bank(Thailand) says:

    Your pretty much stuffed.

  47. Bony McQueen says:

    I’m in LOVE with “Wife” your Nest doll so far;)

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