Ivan Vasiliev becomes Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

September 17, 2012

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Ivan Vasiliev becomes Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre

Ivan Vasiliev in La Bayadère. Photo by Rosalie O'Connor.

Ivan Vasiliev in La Bayadère Photograph : Rosalie O’Connor.

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 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 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 in The Bright Stream, Franz in Coppélia, Ali, the Slave in Le Corsaire and the Flames of Paris pas de deux.

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7 Responses to “Ivan Vasiliev becomes Principal dancer at American Ballet Theatre”

  1. Ballet News Says:

    Adel Lami Lucky him… Lucky ABT 🙂

  2. Ballet News Says:

    Lorraine Valdespino said : crazy about his dancing, and would love to see him partner Osipova and others. but I wish ABT would promote some more from within

  3. Ballet News Says:

    Anna Miller said : OH MY GOSH!!!!!!

  4. Ballet News Says:

    Gemma Louise Cramman said : Congratulations to Vasiliev! Does this mean that he will be a guest artist with ABT or that he will be leaving the Mikhailovsky theatre to perform with ABT?

  5. Ballet News Says:

    Lorraine Valdespino said : since Marcelo Gomes can do both, I don’t see why a similar situation couldn’t work for Ivan. I love the idea of these artists, Osipova, hallberg offering their talents to audiences on both sides of the globe. lucky time to be a ballet fan

  6. Ballet News Says:

    Sarah Wilkinson said : Where is Natalia going to go?! xx

  7. Ballet News Says:

    Well, it’s just not clear. As soon as I have confirmed inforamtion I will bring it to you.