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Makhar Vaziev to direct Bolshoi Ballet

Makhar Vaziev has been appointed ballet director at Moscow’s Bolshoi Theatre, Reuters reports. This is a newly-defined position: Vaziev follows outgoing artistic director Sergei Filin, who suffered a horrific acid attack in 2013. Vaziev, 54, is currently director of the ballet company of La Scala, Milan. Trained at St Petersburg’s Vaganova Academy, Vaziev joined the Maryinsky […]

Diana Vishneva at the London Coliseum

The Maryinsky ballerina Diana Vishneva will appear at the London Coliseum in April, dancing her show Diana Vishneva: On the Edge. The evening is a double bill of works created for Vishneva, Jean-Christophe Maillot’s Switch and Carolyn Carlson’s Woman in a Room.

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The Russian newspaper Izvestia has published an interview with Vera Dorofeeva, who has been replaced by Nikolai Tsiskaridze as Rector of the Vaganova Academy.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

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