Artem Ovcharenko

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Artem Ovcharenko
Ovcharenko Raymonda.jpg
As Jean de Brienne (Raymonda), Bolshoi, 2010
Born Artem Ovcharenko
(1986-12-31) 31 December 1986 (age 29)
Dnipropetrovsk, USSR
Citizenship Russian Federation
Occupation Ballet dancer
Employer Bolshoi Theatre
Website artemovcharenko.com

Artem Ovcharenko (Russian: Артём Вячеславович Овчаренко, born 31 December 1986) is a Russian ballet dancer and principal at the Bolshoi Theatre.

Life and career[edit]

Ovcharenko was born on 31 December 1986 in Dnepropetrovsk, Ukrainian SSR, Soviet Union. He began studying ballet at the Dnipropetrovsk State Choreographic School when he was 11 years old.[1] At the age of 17, he entered the Bolshoi Ballet Academy where he participated in the Academy’s tours to the U.S., Greece, Germany, China and other countries. He graduated in 2007 and was admitted to the Bolshoi Ballet in the corps de ballet. He rehearsed under the guidance of Nikolay Tsiskaridze and one year later, danced the leading role in the ballet The Nutcracker. Since 2009 his master-repetiteur has been Nikolai Fadeyechev.[2]

Ovcharenko’s repertoire covers most of the classical romantic roles: Romeo, The Prince in "The Nutcracker", and Prince Siegfried, as well as leading roles in neoclassical productions such as George Balanchine’s "Apollon Musagète" and "Jewels"; "Lady of the Camellias" by John Neumeier, Onegin by John Cranko, "Lost Illusions" by Alexei Ratmansky, and "Marco Spada" by Pierre Lacotte. With an ever-eager interest in exploring new roles, Ovcharenko has had much success in the contemporary ballets staged at the Bolshoi, such as "Chroma" by Wayne McGregor,"Classical Symphony" by Yuri Possokhov, and or "The Taming of the Shrew" by Jean-Christophe Maillot.

Ovcharenko has participated in the Bolshoi Ballet tours to Asia, Europe and Americas, and he is a welcome guest star in famous international companies such as Berlin State Ballet, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, Hamburg State Opera, and also at international ballet festivals and national culture projects.

Ovcharenko took part in some prestigious dance competitions, receiving gold at the Tanzolymp in Berlin in 2006, and another at the Arabesque competition in Perm in 2008. In 2009 he won a Special prize “To the best partner” at the International competition of ballet dancers, and was awarded with “The Rising Star” nomination. In 2010 he took part in the International Festival "World Ballet Stars" in Donetsk, Ukraine. In January 2011, he performed with Bolshoi principal, Nina Kaptsova at the 6th Prague Ballet Gala, and in August, he danced with Anna Tikhomirova, at the closing gala-concert of the 8th Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations in Hanoi. In July 2012, he and Anna Tikhomirova participated in Rossiya K’s "Grand Ballet Project", (televised in December 2012), where they were awarded the Grand Prix as "Best Ballet Duo".

In 2013, Ovcharenko was promoted to the rank of Principal Dancer of the Bolshoi Ballet.

Creation[edit]

Repertoire[edit]

External images
Photo Shoot
on Flickr

2007

2008

2009

  • Frantz ("Coppelia", revival and new version by Sergei Vikharev)
  • Grand Pas ("Raymonda", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)
  • James ("La Sylphide", choreography by Johan Kobborg according to the version of August Bournonville)
  • Little Count Cherry ("Cipollino", choreography by G. Mayorov)
  • Albert (friend to Phoebus, creation at the Bolshoi Theatre), Phoebus ("La Esmeralda", Staging and new choreographic version by Yuri Burlaka and Vasily Medvedev)

2010

  • Romeo ("Romeo and Juliet", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)
  • Petrouchka ("Petroushka", staging and new choreographic version by Sergei Vikharev)
  • Jean de Brienne ("Raymonda", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)
  • Lord Wilson-Taor ("The Pharaoh's Daughter", choreography by Pierre Lacotte) - debut during the Bolshoi Ballet Tour in Beijing

2011

  • Count Albrecht ("Giselle", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) Debut on 2011.01.22
  • Antoine Mistral ("The Flames of Paris", choreography by Alexei Ratmansky with use of the original choreography by Vasily Vainonen) Debut on 2011.03.26
    Artem Ovcharenko as Apollo, "Apollon Musagète", Boshoi Ballet, 2012
  • The First Dancer ("Lost Illusions", choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) - Creator of the role (2011.04.24)
  • "Chroma", choreography by Wayne McGregor - among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre (2011.07.21)
  • "Symphony of Psalms", choreography by Jiri Kylian - among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre (2011.07.21)
  • Blue Bird ("The Sleeping Beauty" by Tchaikovsky, new version by Yuri Grigorovich) - Creation at the main stage of the Bolshoi Theatre (2011.11.18)
  • Prince Désiré ("The Sleeping Beauty" by Tchaikovsky, new version by Yuri Grigorovich) Debut on 2011.11.25

2012

  • Student ("Anyuta", choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev) Debut on 2012.02.01
  • Prince Siegfried ("Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) Debut on 2012.02.18
  • Soloist of Grand Pas des Eventeils ("Le Corsaire", choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka)
  • "Classical Symphony", choreography by Yuri Possokhov - among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre (2012.06.29)
  • "Dream of Dream", choreography by Jorma Elo - among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre (2012.06.29)
  • Apollo ("Apollon Musagète", choreography by George Balanchine) Debut on 2012.10.05
  • Prince Kurbsky ("Ivan the Terrible", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich) - creation of the new version (2012.11.08)
  • Piggy-Wiggy ("Moidodyr (Wash'em Clean)", choreography by Yuri Smekalov) Debut on 2012.12.22

2013

  • Leading pair ("Diamonds", choreography by George Balanchine) Debut on 2013.03.06
  • Lensky ("Onegin", choreography by John Cranko) Debut on 2013.07.14
  • Marco Spada ("Marco Spada", choreography by Pierre Lacotte) Debut on 2013.11.09

2014

  • Armand Duval ("Lady of the Camellias", choreography by John Neumeier) Debut on 2014.3.21
  • Lucentio ("The Taming of the Shrew, choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot) Debut on 2014.07.05

2015

  • Hamlet ("Hamlet", choreography by Radu Paklitaru) Debut on 2015.3.13
  • Pechorin ("Taman" of "A Hero of Our Time", choreography by Yuri Possokhov) Creator of the role (2015.7.22)

Tours[edit]

2010

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet at the National Centre of the Performing Arts, Beijing, China

Lord Wilson-Taor (Debut), Fisherman ("The Pharaoh's Daughter", choreography by Pierre Lacotte according to the version of Marius Petipa)

2011

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet at the Paris Opera, Paris, France

Antoine Mistral ("The Flames of Paris", choreography by Alexei Ratmansky with use of the original choreography by Vasily Vainonen)

  • Berlin State Ballet, Berlin, Germany

Phoebus ("La Esmeralda", choreography by Yuri Burlaka and Vasily Medvedev, new version at Berlin State Ballet), with Iana Salenko

  • Russian State Ballet, Stockholm, Sweden

Prince Siegfried ("Swan Lake, choreography by Vyacheslav Gordeev)

  • Chelyabinsk Theatre, Russia

Count Albrecht ("Giselle", with Kristina Kretova)

2012

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet in North America

Sony Centre for the Performing Arts, Toronto, Canada

Prince Siegfried ("Swan Lake", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)

Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., US

Frantz ("Coppélia", choreography by Sergei Vikharev)

Dorothy Chandler Pavilion, Los Angeles, US

Prince Siegfried ("Swan Lake", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)

2013

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet in Ekaterinburg State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Ekaterinburg, Russia

The Leading Pair ("Classical Symphony", choreography by Yuri Possokhov)

Five Pairs ("Dream of Dream", choreography by Jorma Elo)

Apollo ("Apollon Musagète", choreography by George Balanchine)

  • Samara Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre, Samara, Russia

Prince Siegfried ("Swan Lake"), with Anna Antonicheva[3]

Prince Siegfried ("Swan Lake" by Tchaikovsky, choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)

Prince Désiré, Blue Bird ("The Sleeping Beauty" by Tchaikovsky, new version by Yuri Grigorovich)[4][5][6][7]

Antoine Mistral ("The Flames of Paris", choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)[8][9]

2014

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet at the Paris Opera, Paris, France

The first dancer ("Lost Illusions", choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet at Kennedy Center, Washington D.C., US

Albrecht ("Giselle", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet at Lincoln Center, New York, US

Prince Siegfried ("Swan Lake", choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)[10]

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet in Monte Carlo, Monaco

Lucentio ("The Taming of the Shrew", choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot)

2015

  • Bayerisches Staatsballett, Munich, Germany

Armand ("Lady of the Camellias", choreography by John Neumeier)

  • Tour of Bolshoi Ballet in Hongkong, China

Antoine Mistral ("The Flames of Paris", choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)

The leading couple of Diamonds("Jewels", choreography by George Balancine)

  • Mari State Opera and Ballet Theater, Yoshkar-Ola, Russia

Albrecht ("Giselle", XIII Mari El Ballet Festival, with Olga Chelpanova)

  • Macedonian Opera and Ballet, Skopje, Macedonia

Prince Siegfried ("Swan Lake", with Nina Kaptsova)

Gala Concerts and Ballet Festivals[edit]

2009

  • Festival of the Russian National Orchestra, Bolshoi Theatre, Russia

"Spell of Escher" (ru:Заклятие рода Эшеров, choreography by Vladimir Vasiliev)

2010

Classical Pas de Deux

2011

  • January, 6th Prague Ballet Gala, Prague, Czech Republic

Sleeping Beauty PDD, the Golden Age Tango, with Nina Kaptsova

  • August, Closing Gala-Concert of the 8th Congress of the World Federation of UNESCO Clubs, Centres and Associations, Hanoi, Vietnam

Le Corsaire PDD, with Anna Tikhomirova[11]

2012

  • January, Gala Concert on Celebrating the 85th Anniversary of Yuri Grigorovich, Bolshoi Theatre, Russia

Nutcracker, with Ekaterina Krysanova

  • April, Dance Open Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

La Esmeralda PDD, with Ekaterina Krysanova

Classical PDD, the Golden Age Tango, with Anna Tikhomirova

2013

  • February, Gala Concert of Future Stars of Benois de la Danse, Theatro Salieri, Italy

Le Corsaire PDD, Lullaby (choreography by Radu Poklitaru), with Anna Tikhomirova

Diamonds, with Evgenia Obraztsova

  • April, Gala concert in honor of Marina Kondratieva, Bolshoi Theatre, Russia

Spring Water, with Anna Tikhomirova

  • April, Dance Open Festival, Saint Petersburg, Russia

Male soloist in Two Pairs ("Classical Symphony", choreography by Yuri Possokhov)

The Golden Age Tango, with Anna Tikhomirova

Triangle (Johannes Brahms, choreography by A. Pimonov), with Kristina Kretova and Anna Tikhomirova

  • May, XXI Benois de la Danse Award Ceremony Gala, Bolshoi Theatre, Russia

Pas d'Actions of The Pharaoh's Daughter, with Evgenia Obraztsova

  • September, Gala Concert of Russian Ballet Stars, Ríos Reyna del Teatro Teresa Carreño, Venezuela

Lullaby, with Anna Tikhomirova[12]

  • September,Kremlin Gala “Ballet Stars of the XXI century”[13],Kremlin Palace,Russia

Le Carnaval de Venise, with Evgenia Obraztsova

Lullaby, with Anna Tikhomirova

2014

  • May, Sobinov Festival, Saratov Theater, Russia

Nutcracker, with Daria Khokhlova

  • July, Nijinsky Gala, The Hamburg Ballet, Germany

Armand, Act II of Lady of the Camellias, with Olga Smirnova

  • September, Kremlin Gala “Ballet Stars of the XXI century”, Kremlin Palace, Russia

La Sylphide PDD, with Anna Tikhomirova

The Very Thought of You, new creation by Radu Poklitaru, with Anna Tikhomirova

  • October, "A Celebration of Dance - The Hong Kong Ballet at 35", Hong Kong, China

Prince Siegfried, Act III of Swan Lake, with Kristina Kretova

  • November, Gala Concert to celebrate the 85th birthday of musician Alexandra Pakhmutova, Kremlin Palace, Russia

You're My Meloday, new creation by Andrei Merkuriev, with Anna Tikhomirova

2015

  • May, Hommage aux Grimaldi, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

Giselle PDD, with Anna Tikhomirova

  • September, Gala Russe, Grimaldi Forum, Monaco

The Very Thought of You, with Anna Tikhomirova

Chroma, with Anna Tikhomirova

Romeo and Juliet PDD, Choreography by Jean-Christophe Maillot, with Olga Smirnova

  • October, Gala in Commemoration of Sophia Golovkina's Centennial, Bolshoi Theatre, Russia

The Sleeping Beauty PDD, with Nina Kaptsova

Filmography[edit]

  • Nutcracker, Bel Air Classiques, 2011 (Prince Nutcracker with Nina Kaptsova, filmed at Bolshoi Theatre in 2010)
  • Sleeping Beauty, Bel Air Classique, 2012 (Blue bird, filmed at Bolshoi Theatre in 2011)
  • Dance to Freedom, 2015 (BBC)

Awards[edit]

  • 2006 - Gold medal at the 3rd International Dance Olympus Competition (Berlin)
  • 2008 - First Award for Male Dancer at the Open Competition "Arabesque" in Perm, as well as a prize named after Marius Petipa, "Pearl of the Urals", offered by Perm Public Foundation for Purity and Line of Classical Tradition, and the Press Jury Award for Fidelity to Moscow School Classical Tradition.[14] In the same year, he was granted the youth award of "Triumph".
  • 2009 - Special Award "Best Partner" at the XIth Moscow International Ballet Competition and Contest of Choreographers,[2] and nominated as "Rising Star" for the "Soul of the Dance" award.[15]
  • 2012 - First Award "The Best Ballet Duet" at competition "Big Ballet" on Rossiya K - Russian television network (partner - Anna Tikhomirova).

See also[edit]

References[edit]

  1. ^ Artem OVCHARENKO. Ballet dancer. BOLSHOI Theatre (subtitle), interview by Siberia TV.
  2. ^ a b Bolshoi Official Site
  3. ^ Stars of the Bolshoi Theatre in the play "Swan Lake"(ru)
  4. ^ The Sleeping Beauty, Royal Opera House, London – review
  5. ^ The Independent: The Sleeping Beauty - The art of growing up gracefully – review
  6. ^ Sunday Times: Staggering beauty – review
  7. ^ The Stage: The Sleeping Beauty – review
  8. ^ The Independent, The Flames of Paris – review
  9. ^ The Telegraph, The Flames of Paris – review
  10. ^ Interview and photos by NYC Dance during New York tour
  11. ^ Performance of the Bolshoi Ballet in Hanoi concluded Congress of UNESCO (ru)
  12. ^ La danza resurge en Caracas con la Gala de las Estrellas del Ballet Ruso (es)
  13. ^ Большой заполнил небосво(ru)
  14. ^ Arabesque-2008, from the official site of "Arabesque".
  15. ^ Ballet Magazine (Russian)

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