"For me, Carmen, first of all, is a strong woman who is not afraid of the challenges of fate. In fact, she might be creating some of them herself. For her, life is a game. She is a fatalist, as, indeed, I am myself. I believe in destiny, in foreshadowing and foreseeing. I like to analyze and try to decipher the signs of fate."
One of these gifts of fate for Smirnova in 2018 was working with John Neumeier - first in Anna Karenina at the Bolshoi, then in Lady of the Camellias, with the Hamburg ballet company. "Anna is another character who, like Carmen, is looking for happiness," she speculates. "At the beginning of the performance there is an episode where Anna is, on the surface, the embodiment of the perfect wife, but in her soul there is confusion and longing for intimacy. She is really trying to set up a mutual understanding and emotional connection with her husband, but, alas, Karenin is not able to give her what she wants, so she is goes looking for love and tenderness in Vronsky."