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World-famous Ballet Star Ivan Vasiliev (Principal Dancer)


Born in Vladivostok. In 2006 after graduating from the Belarusian State Choreographic College joined the National Academic Bolshoi Ballet Theatre of Belarus as a principle dancer. During his studies performed on the stage of that theatre the part of Basil in Don Quixote (Valentin Yelizariev production) and the part of Ali in Le Corsaire (Pyotr Gusev production).
In 2006-11 danced with the Bolshoi Ballet. In 2011 he joined Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet Company and then became the ABT principal.


Basilio (Don Quixote, choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky in a version by Alexei Fadeyechev)
Colas (Louis Herolds La Fille mal gardee; choreography by Frederick Ashton)

The Bronze Idol (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Soloist (Misericordes to music by Arvo Part; Christopher Wheeldon сreation)
Pas d'Esclaves (Le Corsaire; production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa) - was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Shepherd/Three Shepherds
Class Concert to music by different composers; choreography by Asaf Messerer)

Conrad (Le Corsaire)
Philippe (Boris Asafiev's The Flames of Paris. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Vasily Vainonen)
Spartacus (Spartacus) - debut on the Bolshoi Theatre tour in Amsterdam

Solor (La Bayadere)

The Nutcracker-Prince (Nutcracker. Yuri Grigorovich production)

In 2011, he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Vasiliev’s repertoire with the Mikhailovsky includes principal roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, La Bayadère, Laurencia, La Sylphide, The Flames of Paris, Le Halte de cavalerie, and Class Concert. His awards include medals at the international ballet competitions in Varna, Moscow, and Perm. He is also the winner of the Triumph Youth Prize, British Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in the category Spotlight and as Best Male Dancer, and the Benois de la Danse Award for his performance in Le Corsaire and The Flames of Paris (2009). In 2011, he received Grand Prix at the International Dance Open Festival. In 2014, he was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia.

In 2012–2013, Ivan Vasiliev was a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 2014, he took part in the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi (Natasha Rostova’s First Ball scene). In 2015, Ivan Vasiliev made his debut as a choreographer: at the Barvikha Luxury Village he premiered his Ballet № 1. In 2016, he staged three one-act ballets — Morphine, Blind Affair, and Bolero — which are included in the repertoire of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. In May 2016, Vasiliev’s ballet Love is All Around premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.


In 2006 he took part in the 20th International Ballet Festival in Havana where, together with Natalia Osipova, he danced the pas de deux from Boris Asafiev’s The Flames of Paris (choreography V. Vaynonen) and the pas de deux from Don Quixote.
In 2008, he participated with Natalia Osipova in the Stars of Today and Tomorrow Gala Concert (pas de deux from The Flames of Paris) which wound up the Youth America Grand Prix 9th International Competition of Ballet School Pupils, founded in 1999 by the former Bolshoi Ballet dancers Gennadi Saveliev and Larisa Savelieva;
he appeared in Kazan in gala concerts winding up the Rudolf Nureyev International Festival of Classical Ballet, dancing the pas de deux from The Flames of Paris (partnered by Bolshoi Ballet soloist Natalia Osipova);
he participated in a Gala Concert of ballet dancers at the Lyons Amphitheatre des Trois Gaules (variations and coda from Don Quixote, pas de deux from The Flames of Paris, partner — Natalia Osipova);
within the framework of the First Siberian Ballet Festival, he appeared in the Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet production of Don Quixote, dancing the part of Basil (Kitri — Natalia Osipova);
he appeared as Count Albrecht in the Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet production of Giselle (with Natalia Osipova in the title role);
2009  he danced Solor in La Bayadere (choreography Marius Petipa in a version by V. Ponomaryov, V. Chabukiani, with individual dances by Konstantin Sergeyev, N. Zubkovsky; staged by Igor Zelensky) with the Ballet Company of the Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Nikia — Natalia Osipova);
within the framework of the 2nd Siberian Ballet Festival he appeared as Basil in a Novosibirsk Theatre of Opera and Ballet production of Don Quixote (Kitri — Novosibirsk State Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet soloist Anna Zharova).


In 2007, he was awarded the Triumph youth grant prize.
In 2008, he was awarded Soul of Dance Prize in the category “Rising Stars” from Ballet Magazine and received National Dance Awards Critics’ Circle (after the Bolshoi Theatre tour in London) in the category “Spotlight Award”.
In 2009, he won and the Benois de la danse International Dance Association prize for his interpretation of the roles of Conrad (Le Corsaire) and Philippe (The Flames of Paris).

© Photo by Damir Yusupov/Bolshoi Theatre
Copyright © 2008 by Marc Haegeman @ Bolshoi Theatre

Ivan Vasiliev - Mikhailovsky Theatre
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