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Nikolai Tsiskaridze

Asylmuratova at the Mikhailovsky, Ayupova at Vaganova

Having resigned from the Vaganova Academy, Altynai Asylmuratova has taken a job at the Mikhailovsky Theatre. In an oddly symmetrical move, another former Maryinsky ballerina, Zhanna Ayupova, will move from the Mikhailovsky to the Vaganova Academy.

Asylmuratova resigns from Vaganova Academy

Izvestia reports that Altynai Asylmuratova has resigned as artistic director of the Vaganova Academy. 

Protests over Tsiskaridze’s Vaganova appointment

Leading figures in the ballet world, in St Petersburg and abroad, have protested against the unexpected appointment of Nikolai Tsiskaridze as acting rector of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. Former rector Vera Dorofeeva and artistic director Altynai Asylmuratova were suddenly dismissed in favour of Tsiskaridze and Maryinsky ballerina Uliana Lopatkina. Tsiskaridze has since announced that Asylmuratova […]

Update: changes at the Vaganova Academy

The Russian newspaper Izvestia has published an interview with Vera Dorofeeva, who has been replaced by Nikolai Tsiskaridze as Rector of the Vaganova Academy.

Vaganova Academy: Tsiskaridze and Lopatkina appointed

Russian culture minister Vladimir Medinsky has announced that Nikolai Tsiskaridze is to be appointed rector of the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg’s leading ballet school. Maryinsky ballerina Uliana Lopatkina will succeed Altynai Asylmuratova as the school’s artistic director, combining the new role with her stage career. The current rector, Vera Dorofeeva, will be offered a new […]

Tsiskaridze and Lopatkina for the Vaganova Academy?

Russian newspaper Izvestia reports that Nikolai Tsiskaridze, who recently left the Bolshoi Theatre after several reprimands and a court case, will become Rector of the Vaganova Academy, St Petersburg’s leading ballet school. The current rector, Vera Dorofeyeva, will be offered a new position.

Bolshoi acid attack: arrests

Dancer Pavel Dmitrichenko is one of three people arrested in connection with the acid attack on Sergei Filin, artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet. He is accused of hiring Yuri Zarutsky and Andrei Lipatov to attack Filin. All three men have been denied bail.  

Galina Stepanenko discusses Bolshoi plans

  Galina Stepanenko, acting director of the Bolshoi Ballet, has spoken to the Russian newspaper Izvestia about plans for the company.

UPDATED The Bolshoi in London

  The Bolshoi Ballet has announced repertory and some casting for its London season, which runs from July 29 to August 17 at the Royal Opera House. The visit will include guest performances by former Bolshoi stars Natalia Osipova and Ivan Vasiliev (pictured), plus the first foreign performances of the company’s new Sleeping Beauty.

Russian stars in Diaghilev Festival at London Coliseum

Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes first danced in London in 1911. A hundred years on, the Diaghilev Festival at the London Coliseum presents three programmes of revivals and restagings of works from the Ballets Russes repertory. The season will be danced by Kremlin Ballet Theatre, with guest stars Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Ilze Liepa, Maria Alexandrova, Mikhail Lobukhin, Irma […]

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