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Ivan Vasiliev conquers America

September 30, 2012

Ivan Vasiliev in “The Labyrinth of solitude”, choreography by Patrick de Bana for Kings of the Dance.

Ivan Vasiliev, principal dancer with the Mikhailovsky Theatre Ballet Company, has become a principal dancer at the American Ballet Theater (ABT) for the 2013 season. The artist began his cooperation with the famed American company in 2011, and he now holds the same status as Natalia Osipova, his wife and dance partner. Vasiliev’s new status at the American Ballet Theater was announced by ABT Artistic Director Kevin McKenzie, who emphasized that Vasiliev will remain a principal at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.

Ivan Vasliev in the Studio at the 2006 Havana International Ballet Festival © Margaret Willis

The ABT’s main season runs from May to July on the stage of the Metropolitan Opera. In addition, the company has a full tour schedule. This configuration of the ballet season allows leading dancers from European theatres to perform abroad as well as at home. Founded in New York in 1937, the ABT has been and remains one of the major centres of the ballet world. The ABT was also the first American ballet company to perform in the Soviet Union, back in 1960. Since the beginning of the 1990s, outstanding artists from Russia have danced with the ABT regularly and with great success. ABT premiers have been graced by principal dancers Farukh Ruzimatov, Igor Zelensky, and Bolshoi Theatre star Nina Ananiashvili. Diana Vishneva has been a prima ballerina with the American Ballet Theater since 2005.


At the ABT, Vasiliev’s repertoire includes Solor in La Bayadère, Pyotr in The Limpid Stream, Franz in Coppélia, and Ali in Le Corsaire. His pas de deux with Natalia Osipova in The Flames of Paris enjoys great success overseas. At the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Vasiliev performs in Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Laurencia, and other ballets in the company’s repertoire.

Romeo and Juliet with Ivan Vasliev and Natalia Osipova. Photo: John Ross ©

Among Vasiliev’s new performances soon to be enjoyed by audiences is the main role in Prokofiev’s Romeo and Juliet, which is being staged especially for Osipova and Vasiliev by Nacho Duato, Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet.

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