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Oleg Vinogradov (Choreography)

Soviet dancer, choreographer, and ballet director. He studied at the Leningrad Ballet School, a student of Aleksandr Pushkin, graduating in 1958. He joined the Novosibirsk company (1958-65) as a character dancer, and there began his career as a choreographer by making ballets for opera productions, as well as acting as assistant ballet master to Petr Gusev. His first important ballet stagings were Prokofiev's Cinderella (1964) and Romeo and Juliet (1965), fresh and radical productions which brought him much attention throughout Russia. In 1967 the Bolshoi Ballet invited him to stage Asel (mus. V. Vlasov) and in 1968 the Kirov asked him to stage Goryanka (Mountain Girl, mus. M. Kashlaiev). From 1968 to 1972 he was a choreographer with the Kirov and from 1973 to 1977 he was artistic director and chief choreographer of the Maly Theatre Ballet in Leningrad, where his experimentation did much to restore the theatre's reputation for innovation and daring. In 1977 he returned to the Kirov as artistic director and chief ballet master, where his first act was to fire more than half of the dancers, most of whom were of pensionable age. During almost twenty years at the helm of the Kirov he revivified the company: he brought in younger dancers, broadened the repertoire and opened it to foreign choreographers like Petit, Bjart, and Balanchine, and imposed a strict aesthetic on the look and style of his dancers. The company toured abroad frequently, spending more time on the road than in its home theatre, and critics later complained that productions were becoming stale. Vinogradov maintained the company's proud heritage repertoire and introduced many exciting young dancers to an international public. In 1997 his directorship ended when Kirov Opera director Valery Gergiev took over the ballet company as well. From 1998 Vinogradov directed the Universal Ballet in Seoul. A list of his works includes Alexander Nevsky (mus. Prokofiev, Kirov, 1969), La Fille mal garde (mus. Hrold, Maly Theatre Ballet, 1971), The Enchanted Prince, or Prince of the Pagodas (mus. Britten, Kirov, 1972), Yaroslavna (mus. B. Tishenko, Maly Theatre Ballet, 1974), The Fairy of the Rond Mountains (mus. Grieg, Kirov, 1980), The Government Inspector (mus. A. Tchaikovsky, 1980), Testaments of Past Times (mus. various, Kirov, 1983), The Knight in Tigerskin (mus. Machavarian, Kirov, 1985), Battleship Potemkin (mus. Tchaikovsky, Kirov, 1986), Petrushka (mus. Stravinsky, Scottish Ballet, 1989), and Adagio (mus. S. Barber, Kirov, 1991).



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