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Ivan Vasiliev to appear with the Kings of Dance at New York City Center

October 25, 2011

At 5 ft. 8 in. he has been labeled the Rocket Man by Mark Monahan in The Telegraph. His feats are beyond daring, with his crisp, clear technique, has dashing aplomb and sheer brilliance of musicality he is the most brilliant dancer that I have seen in a while. He reminds, with his diminutive presence, of Baryshnikov, with the same strength and conviction of movement.

His numerous awards include the Bronze medal at the Varna International Ballet
(2004), the Gold medal at the Moscow International Ballet Competition (2005), the Gold medal at the Arabesque-96 Ballet Competition in Perm (2006), and the Grand Prix – Varna International Ballet Competition (2006), also, the Benois de la Danse prize for his performance in Le Corsaire and The Flames of Paris (2009).

Ivan Vasiliev in Spartacus Photo by Damir Yusupov

In 2006  he was invited to join Bolshoi Ballet as a Soloist, making his debut with the company, at age 17, as Basilio in Don Quixote. He was promoted to the rank of Principal dancer in May 2010.

He will be part of the Kings of Dance, Opus 3, at New York City Center, Feb 24 – 26, 2012. Choreographer and former Compania Nacional de Danza principal dancer, Patrick de Bana, is choreographing a new solo, Labyrinth of Solitude, for the Bolshoi’s youngest, and arguably brightest, star – Ivan Vasiliev. The music is a stirring orchestral version of Tomaso Antonio Vitali’s Chaconne in G Minor for Violin and Piano.’ This is a performance that should not be missed.

This video is of Ivan Vasiliev and his fiancée Natalia Osipova performing the Pas de Deux from La Cosaire…

….did I mention the Pas de Deux from La Cosaire is my all time favorite Pas de Duex.

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