Konstantin Sergeyev

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Konstantin Mikhaylovich Sergeyev (Russian: Константин Михайлович Сергеев; b. March 5, 1910 (February 20, Old Style) - April 1, 1992) was a Russian danseur, artistic director and choreographer for the Kirov Theatre. When the Kirov Ballet returned to Leningrad from Perm (where it had been moved during the war) Sergeyev became the head choreographer of the company. His first major work was to restage Prokofiev's Cinderella, which is still performed in the present day.[1]

His teachers at Leningrad State Choreographic Institute: Mariya Kojukhova, Vladimir Ponomaryov, Viktor Semyonov (Marina Semyonova’s first husband).

His first wife Feya Balabina was a prima ballerina of the Kirov ballet, as was his second wife Natalia Dudinskaya (second wife).[citation needed] He danced with Dudinskaya at the 1946 premiere of his Cinderella production for the Kirov.[2]

Galina Ulanova was his partner between 1930 and 1940. Sergeyev and Ulanova were the first to dance Romeo and Juliet in Sergey Prokofiev's ballet of the same name. Sergeyev was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1957 and a Hero of Socialist Labor in 1991. He was the recipient of four Stalin Prizes.

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  1. ^ John Ardoin, Valery Gergiev and the Kirov: A Story of Survival. Amadeus Press, 2001. p. 191.
  2. ^ Sergey Prokofiev. Sergei Prokofiev: Autobiography, Articles, Reminiscences. University Press of the Pacific Honolulu, 2000, p.290.