Ivan Vasiliev conquers America

Ivan Vasiliev, principal dancer with the Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet Company, has become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater (ABT) for the 2013 season. The artist began his cooperation with the famed American company in 2011, and he now holds the same status as Natalia Osipova, his wife and dance partner. Vasiliev’s new status at the American Ballet Theater was announced by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, who emphasized that Vasiliev will remain a principal at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. 

The ABT’s main season runs from May to July on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, the company has a full tour schedule. This configuration of the ballet season allows leading dancers from European theatres to perform abroad as well as at home. Founded in New York in 1937, the ABT has been and remains one of the major centres of the ballet world. The ABT was also the first American ballet company to perform in the Soviet Union, back in 1960. Since the beginning of the 1990s, outstanding artists from Russia have danced with the ABT regularly and with great success. ABT premiers have been graced by principal dancers Farukh Ruzimatov, Igor Zelensky, and Bolshoi Theatre star Nina Ananiashvili. Diana Vishneva has been a prima ballerina with the American Ballet Theater since 2005. 

At the ABT, Vasiliev’s repertoire includes Solor in La Bayadère, Pyotr in The Limpid Stream, Franz in Coppélia, and Ali in Le Corsaire. His pas de deux with Natalia Osipova in The Flames of Paris enjoys great success overseas. At the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Vasiliev performs in Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Laurencia, and other ballets in the company’s repertoire. 

Ivan Vasiliev, Principal dancer  with the Mikhailovsky Ballet, has been named a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre, effective immediately, it was announced today by Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie.  He is scheduled to perform during  the 2013 Metropolitan Opera House season and on ABT’s national and  international tours.
Born in Vladivostok, Russia, Vasiliev studied at the Dnepropetrovsk Ballet School in Ukraine and later at the Belarusian State Choreographic College in Minsk, graduating in 2006.
In 2006 he was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet as a soloist, making his debut with the company as Basilio in Don Quixote.   He was promoted to the rank of principal dancer in May 2010.  Vasiliev’s repertoire with the Bolshoi includes the title role in Spartacus, the Nutcracker-Prince in The Nutcracker, Colas in Sir Frederick Ashton’s  La Fille Mal Gardée, Solor and The Golden Idol in La Bayadère, Conrad and the pas d’esclaves inLe 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 and featured roles in Christopher Wheeldon’s Misericordes and Asaf Messerer’s Class Concert.
Vasiliev has appeared as a guest artist with the International Rudolf  Nureyev Festival in Kazan and the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theater.   Since 2009 he has been a member of the cast of Kings of the Dance.  In  December 2011 he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a principal dancer.
His 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 (2010), and the  Benois de la Danse prize for his performance in Le Corsaire and The Flames of Paris (2009).  In 2011 he received Grand Prix at the International Dance Open Festival.
Vasiliev first appeared as a Guest Artist with American Ballet Theatre in 2011.  His repertoire with ABT includes Solor in La Bayadère, Pyotr inThe Bright Stream, Franz in Coppélia, Ali, the Slave in Le Corsaire and the Flames of Paris pas de deux.


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