Slava Samodurov


He performed as a principal dancer at the world’s top ballet companies — at the Mariinsky theatre, the Netherlands National ballet, the Royal Ballet of the Great Britain. In 2006 he started his career in choreography. He worked with Russia’s and world’s best theatres: the Covent Garden («Trip trac» to music by Shostakovich in 2010), Mikhaylovsky theatre («Minor sonatas» to music by Scarlatti in 2010), the Bolshoy theatre («Undine» by Henze in 2016), Perm theatre of opera and ballet («Le Baiser de la Fee» by Stravinsky in 2017).



He has become truly recognized during his cooperation with Ekaterinburg theatre of opera and ballet as the ballet art director. With him, the Ural ballet company returned into the «Big League» of the Russian ballet. During 8 years, he has directed over 10 new performances, including «Romeo and Juliet» and «The King’s order».

He was awarded the national «Golden mask» award for three times as the best choreographer. He started and completed «Dance-platform» project to support young choreographers. He initiated the theatre’s rebranding process and its transition to the new modern image. He was the first person in Russia to include ballets by Hans van Manen, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León into the theatre’s repertoire. He pioneered in performing «Walpurgis night» ballet by George Balanchine. He founded the International festival in memory of Marius Petipa.

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The Order of the King

(c) Sometimes the feeling of the great past and the historical mission acts as a hinder for famous theatres to move on as fast as a choreographer would like them to. In this context, Ural ballet gave me freedom and valuable experience.