Igor Zelensky (Dancer)|
• People's Artist of Russia (2008)
• Prize-winner and recipient of the
Grand prix at the International Ballet Competition (Paris, 1990)
of the Baltika prize (2001)
Born in Labinsk.
Graduated from the Tbilisi School of Ballet (class of
Vakhtang Chabukiani) and trained at the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet
(class of Gennady Selutsky).
Igor Zelensky joined the Mariinsky Ballet
Company in 1988, and three years later became a soloist. He has performed every
major role in the ballet repertoire and taken part in all of the Theatre's
touring projects. He has appeared at the world's leading ballet venues,
performing in the UK, the USA, Europe and South America.
Since 1990 Igor
Zelensky has been a Guest Soloist with the Deutsche Oper (Berlin), where he has
performed classical ballets as well as productions by Maurice Béjart, Roland
Petit and George Balanchine.
Principal Dancer between 1992 and 1997 with New
York City Ballet, where his repertoire included over twenty-five ballets by
Balanchine, among them Theme and Variations, Apollo, The Four Temperaments,
Brahms-Schoenberg-Quartet, Raymonda Variations, Western Symphony, Allegro
Brillante and The Nutcracker as well as works by Jerome Robbins and Peter
Guest soloist with London's Royal Ballet, Covent Garden, from 1996,
where he performed in the ballets Manon and Romeo and Juliet (choreography by
Kenneth MacMillan), The Sleeping Beauty (Anthony Dowell version), La Bayadère
(Natalia Makarova version), Giselle (Peter Wright version) and Apollo
(choreography by George Balanchine).
Soloist with London's Royal Ballet,
Covent Garden, from 1997-2001.
As a principal guest soloist he has performed
at La Scala (Milan), the Bayerische Staatsoper, the Colón (Buenos Aires) and
theatres in Boston, San Francisco and Rio de Janeiro.
In 2000 he was
Principal Guest Soloist at Russia's Bolshoi Theatre, where he performed lead
roles in La Bayadère and Swan Lake.
From 2001 to 2006 he was Assistant
Director of the Athens Opera House and choreographer and staging master of Don
Quixote, Raymonda, Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and La Bayadère.
remaining a Mariinsky Theatre Principal Dancer, since 2006 Igor Zelensky has
been Artistic Director of the ballet company of the Novosibirsk State Academic
Theatre of Opera and Ballet. Artistic Director of the Stanislavsky and
Nemirovich-Danchenko Musical Theatre since 2011.
Repertoire at the Mariinsky Theatre:
choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa,
Le Corsaire (Ali,
Seid-Pasha); production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography of
La Bayadère (Solor); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised
version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani,
“Paquita” Grand pas
(Soloist); choreography by Marius Petipa,
The Sleeping Beauty (Désiré);
choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Lake (Siegfried, Friends of the Prince); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev
Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
Don Quixote (Basilio);
choreography by Alexander Gorsky,
Schéhérazade (Zobeide’s Slave);
choreography by Michel Fokine,
The Nutcracker (the Prince); choreography by
Romeo and Juliet (Romeo); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
Spartacus (Spartacus); choreography by Leonid Yakobson,
The Young Lady
and the Hooligan (the Hooligan); choreography by Konstantin Boyarsky,
Balanchine’s ballets Apollo (Apollo), Theme and Variations, Tchaikovsky Pas de
Deux, Jewels (Diamonds) and Piano Concerto No 2 (Ballet Imperial),
Homme et la mort (the Youth); choreography by Roland Petit,
Grieux); choreography by Kenneth MacMillan,
The Four Seasons; choreography
by Jerome Robbins,
Immortal Beloved; choreography by Edwaard Liang,
Concerto Grosso; choreography by Alla Sigalova.