Mariinsky Ballet

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Mariinsky Ballet
Mariinsky Theatre Logo.png
General information
Name Mariinsky Ballet
Previous names
  • Imperial Russian Ballet
  • The Soviet Ballet
  • Kirov Ballet
Year founded Approx. 1740
Principal venue Mariinsky Theatre
1 Theatre Square
St Petersburg
 Russia
Website www.mariinsky.ru/en
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Valery Gergiev
(Mariinsky Theatre)
Deputy Director
  • Yury Fateyev
  • Tatiana Bessarabova (assistant)
Reserve Troupe Director Andrei Bugaev
Other
Parent company Mariinsky Theatre
Associated schools Vaganova Ballet Academy
Formation
  • Principal
  • First Soloist
  • Second Soloist
  • Principal Character Artist
  • Coryphee
  • Corps de Ballet
  • Reserve Troup

The Mariinsky Ballet is a classical ballet company based at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Founded in the 18th century and originally known as the Imperial Russian Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet is one of the world’s leading ballet companies. Internationally, the Mariinsky Ballet is most commonly known by its former Soviet name the Kirov Ballet. The Mariinsky Ballet is the parent company of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, a leading international ballet school.

History

Carlotta Brianza and Pavel Gerdt of the Imperial Ballet as Princess Aurora and Prince Desire in the 1890 premiere of the Sleeping Beauty.

The Mariinsky Ballet was founded in the 1740s, following the formation of the first Russian dance school in 1738.

The Imperial Theatre School as it was originally known, was established on 4 May 1738, at the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. It would become the predecessor of today’s Vaganova Ballet Academy. The school’s founder director was the French ballet master and teacher Jean-Baptiste Landé and the purpose of creating the school was to train young dancers to form the first Russian ballet company. The first group of students included twelve boys and twelve girls, who later went on to form what would become the predecessor of today’s Mariinsky Ballet.

Very little information exists from the formative years of the ballet company, however it is known that both the school and the ballet company were linked by name, becoming the Imperial Ballet School and Imperial Russian Ballet, names that continued to be used until the abolition of Imperial rule. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Imperial Russian Ballet soon rose to prominence and would employ some of the most influential and famous names in ballet history including Charles Didelot, Marie Taglioni, Christian Johansson, Enrico Cecchetti, Jules Perrot, Fanny Cerrito and Carlotta Grisi.

Following the Russian Revolution, the Soviet government decided that the ballet school and company were unwanted symbols of the tsarist regime and went on to close them both. The ballet company was the first to be re-established, becoming known as the Soviet Ballet, with the school re-opening later as the Leningrad State Choreographic School, both remaining in their previous locations.

Following the assassination of the Bolshevik revolutionary Sergey Kirov in 1934, the then Soviet Ballet was renamed the Kirov Ballet, a name which is still sometimes incorrectly used. After the end of communist rule, both the ballet company and opera company at the Mariinsky Theatre were linked to the theatre by name, becoming the Mariinsky Ballet and Mariinsky Opera and both companies are run by the theatre itself.

Despite later name changes and pressures of the Russian revolution, the present day Mariinsky Ballet is still linked to the school, which is now known as the Vaganova Ballet Academy.

Today

Kirov Ballet logo used by Victor Hachhauser, promoting the Mariinsky Ballet in London

The Mariinsky Ballet is today recognised as one of the world’s greatest ballet companies, employing over 200 dancers, including a reserve troupe and character artists. The Director of the Mariinsky Ballet is Yuri Fateyev.

Being modelled on other leading opera/ballet theatres such as the Royal Opera House, London and La Scala, Milan, the Mariinsky Ballet and Mariinsky Opera both come under the management of the Mariinsky Theatre, with Valery Gergiev as Artistic Director. He is also the Director of the opera company. The two companies operate as separate units.

Repertoire

Poster advertising the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballet’s performances of La Bayadère at the Kodak Theatre in Hollywood during the company’s tour in 2003.

Dancers

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Principals

First Soloists

  • Anastasia Kolegova
  • Anton Korsakov
  • Ilya Kuznetsov
  • Anastasia Matvienko
  • Olesya Novikova
  • Yekaterina Osmolkina

Second Soloists

  • Nadezhda Batoeva
  • Ruben Bobovnikov
  • Nadezhda Gonchar
  • Alexandra Iosifidi
  • Tatiana Serova
  • Maria Shirinkina
  • Yuri Smekalov
  • Filipp Stepin
  • Alexei Timofeyev
  • Tatiana Tkachenko
  • Elena Yevseyeva
  • Konstantin Zverev
  • Maxim Zyuzin

Principal Character Artists

  • Maria Adzhamova
  • Tatiana Amosova
  • Islom Baimuradov
  • Elena Bazhenova
  • Olga Belik
  • Soslan Kulaev
  • Vladimir Ponomarev
  • Polina Rassadina
  • Andrei Yakovlev

Coryphees

  • Tatyana Bazhitova
  • Viktoria Brilyova
  • Yuliana Chereshkevich
  • Elena Chmil (Bobovnikova)
  • Xenia Dubrovina
  • Elena Firsova (Vasyukovich)
  • Karen Ioannisyan
  • Yekaterina Ivannikova
  • Svetlana Ivanova
  • Keenan Kampa
  • Vikotira Krasnokutskaya
  • Anna Lavrinenko
  • Fyodor Murashov
  • Alexei Nedviga
  • Anastasiya Nikitina
  • Xenia Ostreikovskaya
  • Alexander Parish
  • Anastasia Petushkova
  • Ilya Petrov
  • Alexei Popov
  • Grigory Popov
  • Dmitry Pykhachov
  • Alexander Romanchikov
  • Vasily Shcherbakov
  • Andrei Solovyov
  • Yulia Stepanova
  • Vasily Tkachenko
  • Daria Vasnetsova
  • Zlata Yalinich
  • Kamil Yangurazov

Corps de Ballet

  • Xenia Ananieva
  • Inna Andreyeva
  • Elena Androsova
  • Andrei Arseniev
  • Anastasia Asaben
  • Alexei Bazhitov
  • Ilmira Bagautdinova
  • Olga Balinskaya
  • Alexei Bazhitov
  • Alexander Beloborodov
  • Vadim Belyaev
  • Roman Belyakov
  • Mikhail Berdichevsky
  • Yekaterina Bondarenko
  • Alisa Boyarko
  • Stanislav Burov
  • Anton Cheida
  • Gadzhimurat Daayev
  • Denis Danilin
  • Mikhail Degtyarev
  • Oleg Demchenko
  • Yevgeny Deryabin
  • Nadezhda Dvurechenskaya
  • Natalia Dzevulskaya
  • Margarita Frolova
  • Alexander Fyodorov
  • Adelia Galiakhmetova
  • Vera Garbuz
  • Daria Grigorieva
  • Eduard Gusev
  • Artyom Ibryanov
  • Irina Idina (Kuznetsova)
  • Konstantin Ivkin
  • Yulia Kabatova
  • Ilya Karpovich
  • Lidia Karpukhina
  • Yelizaveta Kaukina
  • Nail Khirnasov
  • Lira Khuslamova
  • Anastasia Kiru
  • Alexander Klimov
  • Yulia Kobzar
  • Darina Kochan
  • Valery Konkov
  • Sergei Kononenko
  • Yevgeny Konovalov
  • Roxolyana Kozak
  • Lyubov Kozharskaya
  • Alina Krasovskaya
  • Yekaterina Krasyuk
  • Olga Kulikova-Gromova
  • Alexander Kurkov
  • Alexei Kuzmin
  • Alexandra Lampika
  • Ernest Latypov
  • Maria Lebedeva
  • Kirill Leontev
  • Ilya Levai
  • Lilia Lishchuk
  • Viktor Litvinenko
  • Yeketerina Loginova
  • Daniil Lopatin
  • Fyodor Lopukhov
  • Maxim Lynda
  • Trofim Malanov
  • Fuad Mamedov
  • Rufat Mamedov
  • Antoly Marchenko
  • Oxana Marchuk
  • Yekaterina Mikhailovtseva
  • Anastasia Mikheikina
  • Olga Minina
  • Rafael Musin
  • Nikolai Naumov
  • Alexander Neff
  • Dmitry Ozolin
  • Daria Pavlova
  • Alisa Petrenko (Sokolova)
  • Maxim Petrov
  • Irina Prokofieva
  • Yaroslav Pushkov
  • Grigory Pyatetsky
  • Yaroslav Pyzhov
  • Alexandra Romanova
  • Valeria Romanova (Ivanova)
  • Xenia Romashova
  • Alexander Saveliev
  • Dmitry Sharapov
  • Natalia Sharapova
  • Maria Shevyakova
  • Natalia Shmonova
  • Vladislav Shumakov
  • Kirill Simonenko
  • Yevgenia Sirotenko (Berdichevskaya)
  • Ivan Sitnikov
  • Diana Smirnova
  • Alisa Sodoleva
  • Anastasia Sogrina
  • Alisa Sokolova
  • Dmitry Solovei
  • Alexandra Somova
  • Viktoria Stavtseva
  • Ksenia Tagunova
  • Marina Teterina
  • Yana Tikhonova
  • Tatiana Tiliguzova
  • Irina Tolchilshchikova
  • Vladimir Tyutyunik
  • Tatiana Urvantseva
  • Andrei Ushakov
  • Daria Ustyuzhanina
  • Arina Varentseva
  • Dmitry Vedeneyev
  • Yulia Voitinova
  • Yana Yashchenko
  • Yevgenia Yemelyanova
  • Denis Zainetdinov
  • Darina Zarubskaya
  • Veronika Zenova
  • Valeria Zhuravleva
  • Boris Zhurilov

Reserve Troupe

  • Elena Astrakhan
  • Maria Barkhatova
  • Timofei Belov
  • Salikh Bikchurin
  • Natalia Bolshakova
  • Maxim Bystrov
  • Kirill Chistyakov
  • Yekaterina Devichinskaya
  • Maria Doroshenko
  • Yulia Ivanova
  • Larisa Kazakova
  • Igor Khvatov
  • Daniil Kiryanov
  • Andrei Korolyov
  • Yevgeny Krivoshein
  • Alexander Kulikov
  • Denis Kupriyanov
  • Alexandra Lebedeva
  • Daria Lomako
  • Vladislav Makarov
  • Anna Meiluk
  • Yelizaveta Negrienko
  • German Pravotorkhov
  • Galina Rusina
  • Yelizaveta Shamatrina
  • Olga Shengelia
  • Oxana Solovieva
  • Alexander Tsvetkov
  • Anastasia Yemets
  • Maxim Zubarev

Marius Petipa

For a number of years, Marius Petipa was the ballet master of the Imperial Russian Ballet. One of the most famous names in ballet history, Petipa was the choreographer of some of the best known classical ballets including:

Notable dancers

References

External links

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