Graduated from the Bolshoi Ballet School in 1986 (class of Petr Pestov), graduated from the ballet master department of Russian Institute of Theatre Arts GITIS in 1992.
In 1986–1992 and 1995–1997 he was a principal dancer with the National Opera of Ukraine, in 1992–1995 he was a principal dancer with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet (Canada) and in 1997–2003 – with the Danish Royal Ballet.
He began to collaborate with the Mariinsky Theatre in 1998 on the initiative of Valery Gergiev and Makhar Vaziev. At the Mariinsky Theatre he has staged productions of the ballets Le Baiser de la fée (1998), Le Poème de l’extase (1998), Middle Duet (1998), Cinderella (2002), The Little Humpbacked Horse (2009), Anna Karenina (2010) and Concerto DSCH (2013).
From 2004-2009 he was Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Theatre ballet company (Moscow).
Productions staged for the Bolshoi Theatre include The Bright Stream, The Bolt, Le Corsaire after Marius Petipa (together with Yuri Burlaka), Flames of Paris after motifs of the choreography of Vasily Vainonen, Jeu de cartes, Capriccio, Lost Illusions, Giselle after Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa. For the Territory festival he staged the ballet Old Lady Falling Down with Bolshoi Theatre dancers.
Since 2009 he has been Artist in Residence with the American Ballet Theatre, where he has staged the ballets Shostakovich Trilogy (set to Symphony No 9, Chamber Symphony and Piano Concerto No 1), Dumbarton, Seven Sonatas, On the Dnieper, The Sleeping Beauty after Marius Petipa, The Tempest, Songs of Bukovina, Harlequinade after Marius Petipa and The Seasons.
As a choreographer he has worked with the New York City Ballet (productions of Russian Seasons, Concerto DSCH, Namouna, Pictures at an Exhibition and Odessa), the Opéra de Paris (Psyché), The Royal Ballet (24 Preludes), the Danish Royal Ballet (Turandot’s Dream, The Nutcracker, Anna Karenina and The Golden Cockerel), Teatro alla Scala (Opera), Teatro alla Scala and Ballett Zürich (Swan Lake after Petipa and Ivanov), the Dutch National Ballet (Don Quixote after Petipa and Gorsky and Memories of a Dear Place), the Bayerisches Staatsballett (Paquita after Petipa and Mazilier), the Staatsballett Berlin (La Bayadère after Petipa), the San Francisco Ballet (Le Carnaval des animaux and From Foreign Lands), the Swedish Royal Ballet (The Firebird), the Australian Ballet (The Dance School), the National Ballet of Canada (Romeo and Juliet), the Miami City Ballet (Symphonic Dances), the National Opera of Ukraine (Le Baiser de la fée, Whipped Cream).
He has collaborated with numerous stars of the ballet world. For Mikhail Baryshnikov he staged Valse-Fantasie, for Nina Ananiashvili he staged the ballets Charms of Mannerism, Dreams of Japan, Leah, and Bizet Variations, for Diana Vishneva he staged Pierrot Lunaire, for Wendy Whelan he staged Fandango, and for Natalia Osipova and David Hallberg he staged Valse Triste.
His awards include Kiev Pectoral (1995, 1997), Golden Mask (2004, 2007, 2010), Benois de la Danse prize (2005, 2014), Britain's National Dance Awards (2006), Shostakovich Prize (2006), Dance Magazine prize (2012) among others, as well as the prizes at the Independent Diaghilev Ballet Competition (Moscow, 1992) and Serge Lifar International Ballet Competition (Kiev, 1994).
Knight of the Order of the Danish Flag. Honoured Artist of Ukraine.
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