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Choreographers:

NACHO DUATO was born in Valencia, Spain, Duato signed his first professional contract with the Cullberg Ballet in Stockholm in 1980 and a year later Jiří Kylián brought him to the Nederlands Dans Theater in Holland, where he was quickly assimilated into the company and its repertoire. In recognition of his achievement as a dancer, Duato received the Golden Dance Award in Schouwburgen, Netherlands in 1987. Duato’s natural talent as a dancer led him to begin exploring choreography, and his first attempt in 1983 resulted in Jardí Tancat, set to Catalanan music by Maria del Mar Bonet for which he won the first prize at the International Choreographic Workshop in Cologne. In 1988 he was named Resident Choreographer for Nederlands Dans Theater alongside Hans van Manen and Jiří Kylián.

In 1995 he received the title of Chevalier dans l’Ordre des Arts et des Lettres, presented annually by the French Embassy in Spain.

The Spanish Government awarded him the Golden Medal for Merit in the Fine Arts in 1998, and in 2000 he won the Benois de la Danse at the Stuttgart Opera, one of the most prestigious international awards for choreography, presented by the International Dance Association for Multiplicity. Forms of Silence and Emptiness. In 2003, Duato became the winner of Spain’s National Dance Award, in the Creative category.
In 2010, he was awarded with the Chile Arts Critics Circle Prize and his choreography Na Floresta was nominated for the Golden Mask, the highest award from Russia’s Critics’ Circle.

Nacho Duato had been the Artistic Director of Compañía Nacional de Danza since June of 1990, when he was invited to take the position by the Instituto Nacional de las Artes Escénicas y de la Música of the Spanish Ministry of Culture. In 2010, he celebrated his 20th Anniversary with the Compañía Nacional de Danza, leaving in July of that year. Soon after he announced that he would lead the Mikhailovsky Ballet as the company’s Artistic Director from 1st January 2011. Since January 2014 Nacho Duato is Artistic Director of Berlin StaatsBallett.

His ballets form part of the repertoire of the most important companies around the world.

ROLAND PETIT (January 13, 1924 – July 10, 2011) was a French choreographer and dancer. He trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet School, and became well known for his creative ballets. Petit was born in Villemomble, France an area near Paris. Petit trained at the Paris Opéra Ballet school under Gustave Ricaux and Serge Lifar and began to dance with the corps de ballet in 1940. He founded the Ballets des Champs-Élysées in 1945 and the Ballets de Paris in 1948, at Théâtre Marigny, with Zizi Jeanmaire as star dancer. Petit collaborated with Serge Gainsbourg, Yves Saint-Laurent and César Baldaccini and participated in several French and American films. He returned to the Paris Opéra in 1965 to mount a production of Notre Dame de Paris (with music by Maurice Jarre). He continued to rule ballets for the largest theatres of France, Italy, Germany, Great Britain, Canada, and Cuba. In 1968, his ballet Turangalîla provoked a small revolution within the Paris Opéra. Four years later, in 1972, he founded the Ballet National de Marseille with the piece “Pink Floyd Ballet”. He directed the Ballet for the next 26 years. For the décor of his ballets, he would closely collaborate with the painter Jean Carzou (1907–2000), but also with other artists such as Max Ernst. Author of more than 50 creations across all genres, he choreographed for a plethora of famed international dancers. He refused the free technical effects; he did not stop reinventing his style, language, and became a master in the arts of pas de deux and of narrative ballet, but he succeeded also in abstract ballets. He collaborated also with the nouveaux réalistes including Martial Raysse, Niki de Saint Phalle and Jean Tinguely. Le jeune homme et la mort (“The Young Man and Death”) created in 1946 (libretto by Jean Cocteau) is considered his magnum opus and it is also his most well-known work; the choreography and the costumes are of astonishing modernity. In his 1949 ballet Carmen, he made an unusual use of the en dedans, while he gave a non-figurative treatment to Turangalîla. In 1994, he was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse as choreographer. In 1954, Petit married the dancer Zizi Jeanmaire, who performed in a number of his works. His memoirs were published in 1993 under the title J'ai dansé sur les flots (English: I Danced on the Waves). He and Jeanmaire had one daughter, Valentine Petit, a dancer and actress.

Petit died in Geneva, Switzerland, aged 87, following a battle with leukemia.

PATRICK DE BANA was born in Hamburg by a German mother and a Nigerian father, Patrick de Bana studied at the school of Hamburg Ballett (directed by John Neumeier and Truman Finney), before he was engaged at the Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1987, where he shortly after got promoted to a principal dancer.

He left Béjart Ballet Lausanne in 1992 in order to join the Compania Nacional de Danza of Spain (directed by Nacho Duato). As a principal dancer he stayed there over ten years. In his repertoire are choreographers such as Duato, Kylian, Naharin, Forsythe and Ek.

In 2003 he created his own company, the Nafas Dance Company. From the Generalitad of Valencia, Patrick de Bana received the award of Best male dancer and his Nafas Dance Company was awarded Best dance peformance. Patrick de Bana choreographed and peformed in the movies ‘Iberia’ (2004) and ‘Fados’ (2006), both directed by the well known spanish film director Carlos Saura. One year later Patrick de Bana toured around Europe with the world famous fado singer Mariza.

With Nafas Dance Company and as a guest artist Patrick de Bana travelled throughout many countries around the world, Turkey, Holland, Cuba, Israel, Colombia, Japan, South and North-America, Australia, New Zealand and more. He also performed as a guest artist with the acclaimed flamenco dancer Eva La Yerbabuena and Russian dancer Faroukh Ruzimatov.

Rich of all these impressions and experiences, more and more he is creating numerous pieces all over the world with different companies and dancers. This variety is significant for Patrick de Bana himself and his creations. His huge variety in all different kind branches gives this very rare and special attribute for his oeuvre as choreographer.

MARCELO GOMES, a native of Brazil, began his dance studies at the age of 5 at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Aschcar ballet schools in Rio de Janeiro. Upon winning the Revelation Prize at the Festival of Dance in Joinville in 1993, he traveled to the United States to continue his training at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as at the schools of the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Cuballet, where he studied under Alicia Alonso. Mr. Gomes was awarded second place at the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1994, and was the recipient of the Hope Prize at Lausanne in 1996, after which he spent a year at the school of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Mr. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 as a member of the Corps de Ballet, and rose quickly through the ranks, being promoted to Soloist in 2000 and Principal Dancer in 2002. He has performed in virtually every full-length classical ballet in the company’s repertoire, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried, Benno, and von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Solor in La Bayadere, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Franz in Coppelia, Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Onegin and Prince Gremin in Onegin, Conrad, Ali the Slave, and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Moor in Othello, Jeanne de Brienne and Abderakman in Raymonda, Lescaut and Des Grieux in Manon, and Pyotr in The Bright Stream. Mr. Gomes has performed leading roles in the works of George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, and Martha Graham, and has worked with, as well as created roles for, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky.

Mr. Gomes’ performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to his touring with American Ballet Theatre, he has appeared at many international dance festivals, and has been a guest artist with the Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, Teatro Colon, Teatro Municipal Do Rio de Janeiro, Universal Ballet, and New York City Ballet. He accompanied Alessandra Ferri on her farewell tour in Japan and Italy in 2008, and was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Benois de la Dance award in Moscow the same year.

Mr. Gomes has recently begun a successful choreographic career, and has created pieces for dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, La Scala and Kings of the Dance. His ballet Apothéose, created for Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle, had its premiere on the opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House engagement in May 2013. His most recent work, Aftereffect, will be performed by ABT at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. this spring.

MARCO GOECKE was born in Wuppertal, Germany. He began his ballet training in 1988 and danced with the Deutsche Staatsoper Berlin and the Theater Hagen Ballet, where he created his first choreographic work, Loch, which was later performed at the International Choreography Competition in Hannover, Germany. In 2001, Goecke created his first work for the Stuttgart Ballet, Chicks. He has since choreographed several pieces for the Company. In 2002 Marco Goecke was invited by the Choreographic Institute of New York, an affiliate of New York City Ballet, to create a work for the Diamond Project and New York City Ballet. That piece, Mopey, has since been performed at Jacob’s Pillow Festival, at the Biennale in Venice and at the Pina Bausch Festival in Wuppertal in 2004. He has also worked in opera, creating a solo for Die verkaufte Braut for the Stuttgart Opera in 2003. Also in 2003 he entered the Prix Dom Perignon Choreographic Competition in Hamburg, where he was awarded First Prize for Blushing, a piece for eight dancers. Blushing has since entered the repertory of Stuttgart Ballet and John Neumeier’s Hamburg Ballet. In 2005 he created Sweet Sweet Sweet for Stuttgart Ballet, which has been taken over at the Staatsballet Hannover and Beautiful Freak for Hamburg Ballet. In the same year he won the art prize of the Landesstiftung Baden-Württemberg, became resident choreographer at Stuttgart Ballet and he created Der Rest ist Schweigen for Scapino Ballet in Rotterdam. He also created the very successful solo Äffi, which has been performed at many galas. In 2006 he created Alles to a text of Ingeborg Bachmann for the Ballet of the Staatstheater Braunschweig and Viciousvicious for Stuttgart. In December 2006 he received the Nijinsky Award as emerging choreographer and created his first full-evening ballet, Nutcracker, which was premiered at Stuttgart Ballet. In February 2007 Scapino Ballet Rotterdam staged his piece Beautiful Freak, in spring he created Sonett for Leipzig Ballet and in fall Bravo Charlie for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam. The piece Sweet Sweet Sweet has been taken over by the Donlon Dance Company and the Ballet Theater München. For his Nutcracker Marco Goecke was nominated for the German Theatre Prize Der Faust 2007. In 2008 he created Alben for Stuttgart Ballet, Suite Suite Suite for Leipzig Ballet, Whiteout for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo and Nichts for NDT2. In 2009 he created Supernova for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Fur for the Norwegian National Ballet in Oslo, Fancy goods for Stuttgart Ballet, Spectre de la rose for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Le Rossignol for Leipzig Ballet, and the solo Tué for Bernice Coppieters as a honor for Princess Caroline from Monaco. In 2010 he choreographed Pierrot Lunaire for Scapino Ballet Rotterdam, Orlando based on Virginia Woolf`s novel for Stuttgart Ballet and premiered For Sascha for the anniversary of the New York Choreographic Institue with dancers of New York City Ballet. In February 2011 Goecke created the full evening ballet Songs for Drella about Andy Warhol, based on the music album of the same name, together with Ed Wubbe, artistic director of Scapino Ballet. In March Place a Chill received its world premiere with Pacific Nothwest Ballet in Seattle.

Dancers:

ROBERTO BOLLE was born in Casale Monferrato, Italy. When he was extremely young he entered La Scala Theater Ballet School. Rudolf Nureyev was the first to notice his talent when he was only 15. In 1996 he was promoted to Principal with La Scala Ballet Company. His repertory includes leading classical roles and works by the most famous choreographers, such as Balanchine, Forsythe, Petit and Neumeier.

As a guest artist he has appeared with the major ballet companies all over the world with such partners as Darcey Bussell, Alessandra Ferri, Carla Fracci, Sylvie Guillem, Greta Hodgkinson, Lucia Lacarra, Tamara Rojo, Polina Semionova, Svetlana Zakharova.
Derek Deane, the English National Ballet director, created two productions for him: Swan Lake and Romeo and Juliet, both of them performed at the Royal Albert Hall in London. On the 10th anniversary of the Opera Theatre in Cairo, he performed in a fabulous Aida at the pyramids of Giza and afterwards at the Arena in Verona for a new version of the opera live worldwide.
In October 2000 he opened the season at Covent Garden Opera House in London performing Swan Lake, Anthony Dowell’s choreography, and in November he was invited to Bolshoi to celebrate Maja Plisetskaja's 75th anniversary in the presence of President Putin.
In June 2002, on the occasion of the Golden Jubilee, he danced at Buckingham Palace in the presence of the Queen. The event was broadcast live by BBC and transmitted to all the Commonwealth countries. During the season 2003-2004 he was promoted to Etoile of La Scala Theatre.On 1st April 2004 he danced in front of the Pope John Paul II in St. Peter's Square to celebrate Young People's Day. On 7th December 2004, to celebrate the re-opening of La Scala Theatre after its restoration, he danced Europa riconosciuta with Alessandra Ferri and three weeks later in the New Year’s Eve Star Gala.In 2005, he danced Apollon Musagète at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg at the Fourth International Festival. In December 2005, he performed at Covent Garden in Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia which was broadcast by BBC on Christmas Day.

In February 2006 he danced at the opening ceremony of the Winter Olympic Games in Turin where he performed a solo created for him by Enzo Cosimi. The ceremony was broadcast worldwide and seen by 2.5 billion people. In 2007 he performed for the first time as a guest artist with ABT, on the occasion of Alessandra Ferri’s farewell performance. Early in 2009 he was appointed Principal Dancer with ABT. It was the first time that a male Italian dancer had joined the Company as a Principal. Since then he has performed every year in New York for the ABT ‘s MET season.In 2009 the World Economic Forum awarded him "Young Global Leader ". Since 1999 he has been a Goodwill Ambassador for UNICEF. He has already visited Sudan (2006) and the Central African Republic (2010) to raise funds and awareness for children whose lives have been affected by violence. In 2010 he met and worked with two great movie directors. Peter Greenway, whose virtual image of Roberto Bolle dominated the Italian Pavillon at the Shanghai Expo 2010 and Bob Wilson who created Perchance to Dream, a series of 30 video portraits featuring Roberto Bolle. The special installation was firstly presented in New York in December 2010.

In November 2012 he was appointed “Cavaliere dell'Ordine al Merito della Repubblica Italiana” by Giorgio Napolitano, the President of the Italian Republic, for his support to the Italian culture.

Étoile - La Scala Theatre, Milan; Principal Dancer - American Ballet Theatre, New York.

MARCELO GOMES, a native of Brazil, began his dance studies at the age of 5 at the Helena Lobato and Dalal Aschcar ballet schools in Rio de Janeiro. Upon winning the Revelation Prize at the Festival of Dance in Joinville in 1993, he traveled to the United States to continue his training at The Harid Conservatory in Boca Raton, Florida, as well as at the schools of the Boston Ballet, Houston Ballet, and Cuballet, where he studied under Alicia Alonso. Mr. Gomes was awarded second place at the National Society of Arts and Letters in 1994, and was the recipient of the Hope Prize at Lausanne in 1996, after which he spent a year at the school of the Paris Opera Ballet.

Mr. Gomes joined American Ballet Theatre in 1997 as a member of the Corps de Ballet, and rose quickly through the ranks, being promoted to Soloist in 2000 and Principal Dancer in 2002. He has performed in virtually every full-length classical ballet in the company’s repertoire, including Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Albrecht in Giselle, Prince Siegfried, Benno, and von Rothbart in Swan Lake, Solor in La Bayadere, Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty, Franz in Coppelia, Espada and Basilio in Don Quixote, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Onegin and Prince Gremin in Onegin, Conrad, Ali the Slave, and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, the Cavalier in The Nutcracker, the Moor in Othello, Jeanne de Brienne and Abderakman in Raymonda, Lescaut and Des Grieux in Manon, and Pyotr in The Bright Stream. Mr. Gomes has performed leading roles in the works of George Balanchine, Mikhail Fokine, Anthony Tudor, Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Jerome Robbins, Sir Frederick Ashton, John Cranko, and Martha Graham, and has worked with, as well as created roles for, Twyla Tharp, William Forsythe, Paul Taylor, Mark Morris, Jiri Kylian, Lar Lubovitch, James Kudelka, Nacho Duato, Jorma Elo, Benjamin Millepied, Christopher Wheeldon and Alexei Ratmansky.

Mr. Gomes’ performances have been seen throughout the world. In addition to his touring with American Ballet Theatre, he has appeared at many international dance festivals, and has been a guest artist with the Kirov Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, National Ballet of Canada, Houston Ballet, Teatro Colon, Teatro Municipal Do Rio de Janeiro, Universal Ballet, and New York City Ballet. He accompanied Alessandra Ferri on her farewell tour in Japan and Italy in 2008, and was the recipient of the prestigious Prix Benois de la Dance award in Moscow the same year.

Mr. Gomes has recently begun a successful choreographic career, and has created pieces for dancers from American Ballet Theatre, New York City Ballet, La Scala and Kings of the Dance. His ballet Apothéose, created for Julie Kent and Roberto Bolle, had its premiere on the opening night of American Ballet Theatre’s Metropolitan Opera House engagement in May 2013. His most recent work, Aftereffect, will be performed by ABT at the Kennedy Center Opera House in Washington, D.C. this spring.

DENIS MATVIENKO was born in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukraine in 1979. A classmate of Svetlana Zakharova, he graduated from Kiev State School of Choreography in 1997. He made his debut with National Ballet of Ukraine as Prince Desire in Sleeping Beauty while still a student in the school, and entered the company at eighteen as a Principal Dancer.

From 2001 to 2002 he danced as a Soloist with the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet. His repertoire there included Basil in Don Quixote; Prince Charming in Alexei Ratmansky's Cinderella; George Balanchine's Jewels, and the title role in his Prodigal Son. Mr. Matvienko then returned to National Ballet of Ukraine but frequently appeared as a guest artist with the Bolshoi Ballet, New National Theater in Japan, Teatro alla Scala, and Paris Opera Ballet. In 2007, he briefly joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St. Petersburg, Russia, before being invited, in 2009, to dance at the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet, this time as a Principal Dancer.

His repertoire includes Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albrecht in Giselle, James in La Sylphide, Solor in La Bayadere, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, Prince Charming in Cinderella, Jean de Brienne in Raymonda, De Grieux in Manon, Conrad in Le Corsaire, the title role in Spartacus, and Boris in The Golden Age.

Mr. Matvienko is the winner of several major international competitions including IV International Ballet Competition in Luxembourg (1997, Grand Prix), III Rudolf Nureyev International Ballet Competition in Budapest (1998, Grand Prix), III International Competition of Modern and Classical Dance in Nagoya (1999, Gold Medal and the Vaslav Nijinsky Prize), X International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2005, Grand Prix).

This is his second season with Kings of the Dance. His repertoire with KoD includes Christopher Wheeldon's For 4, Nacho Duato's Remanso, Roland Petit's Proust pas de deux (Morel), and Leonid Jacobson’s Vestris.

LEONID SARAFANOV was born in Kiev, Ukraine. He graduated from the Kiev State School of Choreography in 2000 and became a soloist with National Ballet of Ukraine the same year. In 2002 Mr. Sarafanov joined the Mariinsky (Kirov) Ballet where he was a Principal Dancer until January 2011. Mr. Sarafanov is currently a Principal Dancer at Nacho Duato's Mikhailovsky Ballet in St. Petersburg.

Mr. Sarafanov performed a variety of roles at the National Ballet of Ukraine, including James in La Sylphide, Albrecht in Giselle, the Grand pas from Paquita, Désiré and The Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Siegfried in Swan Lake, the Prince in The Nutcracker, Basilio in Don Quixote, the title role in Petrouchka, and Escamillo in Carmen Suite. After joining the Mariinsky Ballet his repertoire expanded to include Ali and Lankendem in Le Corsaire, Solor in La Bayadere, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, principal roles in William Forsythe's Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude, George Balanchine's Symphony in C (III Movement), Theme and Variations, Four Temperaments, Tchaikovsky Pas Deux, Rubies in Jewels, and Tarantella, and in Harold Lander's Etudes. He created the roles of Ivan the Fool in Alexey Ratmansky's The Little Humpbacked Horse and Matteo in Pierre Lacotte's Ondine. His repertory at the Mikhailovsky Theatre includes: Ali in Le Corsaire; Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake; Count in Giselle, ou Les Wilis; Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty; Basil in Don Quixote; Cipollino in Cipollino; and Nacho Duato's Without Words.

In 2006 he made his debut as James in Pierre Lacotte’s version of La Sylphide at the Teatro alla Scala in Milan.

Mr. Sarafanov's awards include a Gold medal at the IX International Ballet Competition in Moscow (2001); a Gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Paris (2000); a Silver medal at the the International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Competition in Budapest (2000), the Golden Mask (2010) in the Best Male Dancer category for his performance in Edward Clug's Quatro. In 2006 he was awarded the Prix Benois de la Danse, as well as Ballet Magazine’s Spirit of Dance 2006 Award, and “Golden Sofit” for his role in Nacho Duato’s “Romeo & Juliet”.

IVAN VASILIEV was born in Vladivostok, Russia in 1989. He studied at the Dnepropetrovsk Ballet School in Ukraine and later at the Belorussian State Choreographic College in Minsk, graduating in 2006 (class of Alexander Kolyadenko). Vasiliev danced Basilio in Don Quixote and Ali in Le Corsaire with the Belorus National Ballet while still a student at the College. In 2006 he was invited to join Bolshoi Ballet as a Soloist, making his debut with the company, at age 17, as Basilio in Don Quixote. He was promoted to the rank of Principal dancer in May 2010. He is coached by the former Bolshoi star Yuri Vladimirov.

Mr. Vasiliev’s repertoire with the Bolshoi includes Basilio in Don Quixote, the title role in Spartacus, the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, Colas in Sir Frederick Ashton’s La Fille Mal Gardee, Solor and The Golden Idol in La Bayadère, Conrad and Pas des esclaves in Le Corsaire, Philippe in Alexei Ratmansky’s The Flames of Paris, Acteon in Yuri Burlaka’s La Esmeralda, The Young Man in Roland Petit’s Le Jeune Homme et la Mort, soloist in Christopher Wheeldon’s Misericordes and Asaf Messerer’s Class Concert.

Mr. Vasiliev has been a guest artist with International Rudolf Nureyev Festival in Kazan, dancing Ali in Le Corsaire in 2006 and Basil in Don Quixote in 2008 and 2009. He has also appeared with the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater as Solor (La Bayadère) and Basil (Don Quixote), and with the Mikhailovsky Ballet in St. Petersburg in the role of Albrecht (Giselle) in 2009. Since 2009 Ivan Vasiliev is member of the cast of Kings of the Dance Project.

His numerous awards include the Bronze medal at the Varna International Ballet Competition (2004), the Gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition (2005), the Gold medal at the Arabesque-96 Ballet Competition in Perm (2006), and the Grand Prix - Varna International Ballet Competition (2006). He is also the winner of the Triumph Youth prize (2006), British Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in the category ‘Spotlight’ (2008) and as Best Male Dancer in 2010, and the Benois de la Danse prize for his performance in Le Corsaire and The Flames of Paris (2009).

Alexei Ratmansky’s The Flames of Paris, starring Mr. Vasiliev, was recently filmed by Bel Air Classiques for future DVD release. The performance was transmitted live into movie theaters across Europe.

He made his debut as guest artist with Ballet Company of Bayerishes Staatsballett (Munich) in 2012 in The Sleeping Beauty.

Vasiliev made his first appearance with American Ballet Theatre as a guest artist in 2011 dancing Pyotr in Bright Stream. His 2012 season with ABT include title roles in La Bayadere, Le Corsaire. In 2012/2013 season Ivan Vasiliev became Principal dancer with American Ballet Theatre.

Since becoming a principal dancer with Mikhailovsjky Ballet of St. Petersburg in 2012, Vasiliev has made his debut in The Sleeping Beauty, Laurencia and Swan Lake, and Nacho Duato’s “Romeo & Juliet”.

His 2013/2014 season include guest appearances with Teatro alla Scala Ballet company in “Romeo and Juliet”, “Le Spectre de la Rose”, “Rubies” and “Le Jeune Homme et la Mort”, with Bolshoi Ballet in “Don Quixote”, “Spartacus”, “”Nutcracker”, “Coppelia”, and “Giselle”, as well as with Mariinsky Ballet in “Le Jeune Homme et la Mort” and “Prodigal Son”.

Guest Artist:

SVETLANA LUNKINA was born in Moscow (Russia) and trained at the Moscow Choreographic Academy. Upon her graduation in 1997, she joined the Bolshoi Ballet, where her teacher became the great Ekaterina Maksimova. Already, during her first year of work at Bolshoi, Lunkina performed the leading role in the ballet "Giselle". Just 18, she thus became the youngest Giselle in the history of the Bolshoi Theater.

In 15-year-long career, Lunkina was able to manifest in her art and obtain highest achievements of world ballet. Up to this day, she performed up to 40 leading roles in the classical and modern ballet. In her classical repertoire are the title roles in such masterpieces of the world choreography as Swan Lake, La Bayadere, Raymonda, Spartacus, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Giselle, La Sylphide, Le Corsaire, Carmen, La Fille du Pharaon and others. World leading choreographers created their productions on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre taking into consideration the natural features of the dramatic actress that are inherited by Svetlana Lunkina. Especialy for her, Alexander Grant staged the role Lisa in the ballet "La Fille Mal Gardee" (2002), Roland Pettit staged the role Lisa in the ballet "Pique Dame" (2001) and the role Esmeralda in the ballet "Notre Dame de Paris" (2003). In the year 2008 just for Svetlana Lunkina, Roland Pettit updated his ballet "La Rose Malade" (this update was made for the first time ever since Maya Plisetskaya danced it).

Svetlana Lunkina is often invited as an international star by the leading ballet theatres of the world. In the years of 2003 and 2006, she danced with Vladimir Malahov in the Berlin State Opera and Vienna State Opera House. During the years 2005-2008 Lunkina danced annualy in Pome Opera House. Also, during the season of 2007-2008 she danced 6 performances like international star on the legendary stage of Paris Opera.
During the year 2002, Svetlana Lunkina was one of the main characters in the film "St.Petersburg-Cannes Express", by the American Director John Daly (the world premier was in the year of 2003 in Palm Springs, California, USA).

In 2004, the famous Japanese portrait photographer Eiichiro Sakata, who has the world title in his art, included Svetlana Lunkina in his photo-gallery of outstanding people`s personalities "Piercing the Sky".
Principal Dancer (National Ballet of Canada), Prima Ballerina (Bolshoi Theater, Russia).
She is the proud mother of Maxim, born in January 2004, and Eva, born in April 2009.