• Recipient of the Hope of Russia prize (2007).
Born in Leningrad.
Graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2008 (class of Gennady Selyutsky). In 2015, he graduated from the Master's Course in 'Choreographer's Art' at the Vaganova Ballet Academy (class of Nikolay Boyarchikov).
Joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2008.
La Sylphide (Youths); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen,
La Bayadère (Magdaveya, Hindu Dance); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani,
Swan Lake (Jester, Neapolitan Dance); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Les Noces (soloists); choreography by Bronislava Nijinska,
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Nurali, Youths, Tatar Dance); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
The Nutcracker (Moor, Chinese Dance); choreography by Vasily Vainonen,
Spartacus (Mimes, Etruscans); choreography by Leonid Yakobson,
Walpurgis Night (Pan, Satyrs), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio, Capulets’ servants); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
The Legend of Love (Jester); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
Jewels (Rubies); choreography by George Balanchine,
Sylvia (Pluto); choreography by Frederick Ashton,
Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets Cinderella (Spring, Summer) and The Little Humpbacked Horse (the Little Humpbacked Horse),
Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion (Three Point Turn; choreography by Dwight Rhoden),
Simple Things; choreography by Emil Faski;
Diana Vishneva: Dialogues (Subject to Change; choreography by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León);
Symphony in Three Movements; choreography by Radu Poklitaru
and The Bronze Horseman (Dutch Sailors); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov, Yuri Smekalov.
Since 2013 Ilya Zhivoi has worked as a choreographer.
As part of the Mariinsky Theatre’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers project has staged productions of choreographic miniatures and ballets including:
Chess Move E2. Hardly to music by Antonín Dvořák using excerpts from a recording of Jupiter’s magnetic field (NASA Space Sounds) (2013);
Adulte to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Tosya Chaikina (2014);
Connections to music by Johann Sebastian Bach (2015);
SeasonS to music by Max Richter (2016);
Motherboard and Lose Yourself to Dance (together with Maxim Petrov) to the music of Daft Punk as a part of the project The Dreamers (2017);
The Four Seasons to music by Max Richter (2017).
In 2017 his ballet The Four Seasons was premiered at The Mariinsky theatre, the production was awarded the prize Golden Sofit. In 2018 he choreographed Igor Stravinsky’s ballet Pulcinella at The Mariinsky theatre, he presented the production A Flashback to the music by Arvo Pärt at the Russian Ballet Icons Gala on the stage of the London Coliseum and the ballet I’m not sacred to the music by Ezio Bosso, shown at the Origen Festival Cultural in Switzerland. In 2019, he staged the ballet Jeu de cartes by Igor Stravinsky at the Mariinsky Theater. In 2020 for the festival MPHIL 360° in Munich he staged the ballet Sous la coupole to the music by Gustav Mahler.
As a choreographer and contemporary dance coach, in 2014 he took part in an educational programme run by Valery Gergiev in towns and cities throughout Russia.
Has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet to the USA, the UAE, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain.