Kommersant, a nationally distributed daily newspaper published in Russia, states “In his crowning glory of the pas de deux from Le Corsaire St Petersburg dancer Andrey Batalov made the auditorium roar as loudly as a sports arena, and his jeté splits, the whirlwind of various spins and pirouettes and other ‘high-class aerobatics,’ left the audience totally stunned."
Moscow Ballet’s Ballet Master Andrey Batalov became an “Honored Artist of Russia” in 2010 and has been praised by the press all of his career. “He possesses a virtuoso technique and has fantastic leaps and turns,” writes Ballet Magazine. He has also won many top awards in international ballet competitions. Batalov took First Place at the International Ballet Competition in Nagoya, Japan, 1996 and Second Place at the International Rudolf Nureyev Ballet Competition in Budapest that same year. At the Arabesque-96 Open Ballet Competition in Perm he received First Place and the prestigious Mikhail Baryshnikov Prize. He was First Place Winner at the International Ballet Competition in Paris in 1997 and the Grand Prix Prize-winner at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow the same year.
Born in Izhevsk, Udmurtia in far eastern Russia, Batalov was accepted to and graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet, in the class of Professor Valentin Onoshko, in St Petersburg. This academy is known one of the best ballet school’s in the world, rivaling only the Bolshoi Academy in Moscow. Upon graduation in 1992, Batalov performed as a soloist with the St Petersburg State Academic Musorgsky Theatre of Opera and Ballet and 2 years later was invited to join the world renowned Mariinsky Ballet (formerly known as the Kirov Ballet). From 2000 to 2002 he danced with the Royal Danish Ballet in Copenhagen, Denmark, home of the Bournonville ballet style.
Batalov’s performing repertoire is extensive and includes: La Sylphide as James, choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen; Giselle in the Classical Duet, choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, and Marius Petipa; Le Corsaire as Ali, and Lankedem, production by Pyotr Gusev after the composition and choreography by Marius Petipa; La Bayadère as Solor and the Golden Idol with choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani; The Sleeping Beauty as Bluebird, choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev; Don Quixote as Basilio and choreography by Alexander Gorsky; Michel Fokine’s ballets Schéhérazade as Zobeide’s Slave, Le Spectre de la rose and Pétrouchka as Pétrouchka; Prodigal Son as the Prodigal, choreography by George Balanchine; Diane et Actéon Pas de deux from the ballet La Esmeralda; choreography by Agrippina Vaganova; Romeo and Juliet as Mercutio, choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky; The Legend of Love in Dance of the Jesters with choreography by Yuri Grigorovich; Études choreography by Harald Lander; Le Jeune Homme et la mort, choreography by Roland Petit; Manon as Lescaut with choreography by Kenneth MacMillan; Ondine as Matteo, choreography by Pierre Lacotte; Duet of Autumn Colours choreography by Yevgeny Panfilov; and the pas de deux from the ballet Flames of Paris, choreography by Vasily Vainonen; as well as dances in the opera Faust as Pan.
Moscow Ballet premieres Ballet Master Nobuhiro Terada in 2016
Nobuhiro Terada is premiering as Moscow Ballet Ballet Master in 2016. Terada is the Artistic Director of Kiev’s National Theatre of Opera and Ballet – Academy. Terada is also a soloist of a National Opera. Terada received the International Order of Saint Stanislas award and is an official Kyoto Visiting Ambassador. He is also Artistic Director of Terada Ballet Art School, Artistic Director of Kyoto Ballet, Theater Director of Kiev Ballet and Theater Arranger of the International Ballet Festival in Japan. He has been invited to be an Honorary Juror of International Ballet Competitions (IBC) in Kiev, Osaka, and Tokyo. He was born in Japan into a ballet family and moved to Kiev to study ballet when he was just seven years old. From 1987 to 1995, he studied ballet in Vladimir Denisenko's ballet class in Kiev State Ballet School. He studied ballet for 5 years in Kiev quickly becoming a company choreographer and classical ballet tutor. In 1995, and to the present, he is Principal Dancer at the National Opera in Kiev and Director of the National Academy. In 1990 the Kiev National Ballet began extensive international touring. Famed choreographer Anatoly Shekera, who directed the company from 1992 to 2000, was a driving force for the National Ballet during the late 20th century directing modern and classical ballet works. Under Terada the company currently has about 150 dancers, and stages 16 productions per month in its Kiev Theatre. Some of the famous former members of the Kiev State Ballet are Alina Cojocaru, Bolshoi's Svetlana Zakharova, Maya Plisetskaya, Nadezhda Pavlova, Marina Timofeyeva, Irina Kolpakova, Alla Osipenko, and Vladimir Malakhov.
Ballet Master West Vladimir Troschenko
Vladimir Troschenko is Ballet Master Emeritus for Odessa State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and was the Producing Director of Sleeping Beauty for the Odessa Ballet Theatre. He graduated with honors in 1973 from the world renowned Vaganova Academy at the school of the Kirov/Mariinsky Theater located in St. Petersburg, the city where he was born. Acclaimed as a dance partner, Troschenko was selected by three prima ballerinas as a partner -- Nadia Pavlova, Ludmila Semeniaka and Galina Mezintseva. His repertoire includes Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Swan Lake, Nutcracker and more..
In 1992 Troschenko graduated with honors from the Russian Academy of Theatrical Arts in Moscow, one of the oldest and most prestigious ballet schools in the world, as Director and Choreographer. His choreographic repertoire includes Don Quixote, La Bayadere, Swan Lake and The Nutcracker. He worked as choreographer in Moscow, Cheboksari and Voronej and in 2006 became director and choreographer of Russian Classic Ballet Theatre in Kiev. He originally designed the Swan Lake choreography for the Kiev State Academic Opera and Ballet, the national theatre in Kiev. Performances include “Mozart and Salieri Ballet" 1987, "Francesca Da Rimini ballet"1990,"Mercedes" 1990, "Last Step" 1990, "Fly into Shanghai" 1992," Don Quixote" 1993,"Carmen-Suite"1994, "Swan Lake” 1995, “Sleeping Beauty" 1996, "Zora" 1998, "Alice in Wonderland” 2002, "Lilac” 2003, "La Bayadere" 2004, "Nutcracker" 2005, "Peter Pan" 2006.
Troschenko first toured with Moscow Ballet as partner for Moscow Ballet prima ballerina in Swan Lake in 1998 and first became Ballet Master in 2003.He has toured to Great Britain, Holland, Germany, Sweden, Italy, Greece, Cyprus, Egypt, Lebanon, Israel, Norwegian, West Korea, and USA. And his repertory as Prince/lead includes the ballets “Swan Lake,” “Nutcracker,” “Sleeping Beauty,” “Giselle,” “Don-Quixote,” and more.