Ivan Vasiliev in an extract from Spartacus, at the re-opening gala of the Bolshoi Theatre 28 October 2011
9 January 1989 |
|Current group||Mikhailovsky Theatre|
|Former groups||Bolshoi Ballet|
Early on, he won prizes that include First Prize and Best Dancer Prize at the Arabesque-96 Ballet Competition in Perm in 2005, First Prize at the Moscow International Ballet Competition in 2006, Special Distinction of the Varna International Ballet Competition in 2006, Rising Star of Soul of Dance Award in 2008, one of "25 to Watch" of Dance Magazine 2008, Benois Prix de la Danse in 2009, Virtuosity Prize of International Dance Open in Saint Peterburg in 2010, followed by the Grand Prix the following year, Best Dancer of 2011 UK Critic's Award. In 2014 he was granted the tiltle of "Honoured Artist of Russia". In 2015, by public poll, he was awarded Discovery of the Year QG Prize, for his first ballet evening as choreographer.
Vasiliev joined the Bolshoi Ballet in the end of 2006, as first soloist. When 2010 came to an end he had already performed the leading roles in Le Corsaire, Flames of Paris, Don Quixote, Giselle, La Fille Mal-Gardée, Spartacus, Petrouchka, The Nutcracker, La Esmeralda, La Bayadére and been promoted to the rank of principal of Bolshoi Ballet; he was the last dancer to be coached by Roland Petit in the role of Le Jeune Homme, and had joined The Kings of The Dance international group of male dancer stars.
Ivan Vasiliev and Natalia Osipova, his then-fiancée left their company in the end of 2011, in the search for wider artistic horizons. They both became principals of Mikhailovsky Theatre, in Saint Petersburg, with plenty of freedom to perform worldwide as guests. Vasiliev became regular guest principal in American Ballet Theatre, La Scala di Milano and Bolshoi. He also performed leading roles in Mariinsky Theatre, Stanislavsky Theatre, Novosibirsk Theatre, English National Ballet, Bayrisches Staatsballet, Australian Ballet. The Kings of The Dance initiative brought him through many countries during 5 years. In 2015 he became regular principal also in the Novosibirsk Theatre.
A comprehensive list of ballets and choreographers he has performed until the end of 2016 can be seen below.
Beginning in 2015, Vasiliev started to dedicate himself to choreography too. He staged an evening in the spring of 2015 with short pieces, an evening with 3 one-act ballets in the spring with 2016, and a full length Christmas ballet the following winter. In May 2016, one more one-act ballet was presented in the scope of Project for Young Choreographers in Bolshoi.
Full length ballets
Don Quixote - Marius Petipa, in the versions by Alexei Fadeyechev, Mikhail Messerer and Rudolph Nurejev
Flames of Paris - Vasily Vainonen, in the versions by Alexei Ratmansky and Mikhail Messerer
Le Corsaire - Marius Petipa, in the versions of Alexey Ratmansky and Mikhail Messerer
La Bayadére - Marius Petipa, in 3 versions of Vakhtang Chabukiani, Natalia Makarova and Yuri Grigorovitch
Spartacus - Yuri Grigorovitch
Ivan The Terrible - Yuri Grigorovitch
The Prodigal Son - Georges Balanchine
The Sleeping Beauty - in the versions of Nacho Duato and Marius Petipa
Giselle - Marius Petipa and in the versions of Yuri Grigorovitch, Vladimir Vasiliev
The Nutcracker - Yuri Grigorovich
Lost Illusions - Alexey Ratmansky
La Fille Mal Gardé - Sir Frederick Ashton
Romeo and Juliet - in 3 versions, of Sir Kenneth MacMillan, Sir Frederick Ashton and Nacho Duato
The Bright Stream - Alexey Ratmansky
Coppelia - Marius Petipa, in 2 versions of Sergei Vikharev and Enrique Martinez
The Swan Lake - Marius Petipa, in versions of Derek Lane (Siegfried), Mikhail Messerer (Evil Sorcerer), Kevin MacKenzie (Rothbarth)
La Sylphide - James Bournounville
Laurencia - Vakhtang Chabukiani, version by Mikhail Messerer
Notre-Dame - Roland Petit
Cippollino - Genrikh Mayorov
A Christmas Carol - Ivan Vasiliev
One Act Ballets
Halt de la Cavallerie
Le Jeune Homme et La Mort
Labyrinth of Solitude
Le Spectre de La Rose
Mozart and Salieri
Shostakovitch Piano Concert
Love is Everywhere
Natasha's First Ball
Independent short Ballets
The Talisman PDD
- "Ivan Vasiliev, Dancer". Ardani Artists. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- "25 to Watch". Dance Magazine. January 2008. Retrieved February 26, 2012.
- Wakin, Daniel J. (November 14, 2011). "Bolshoi Is Stung by Loss of Two Stars". The New York Times.