VII International Yury Grigorovich Competition
«Young Ballet of the World»
30 September - 6 October, 2019
Grigorovich, the outstanding Russian choreographer, graduate of the Petersburg
school of Russian classical ballet, began his career as soloist at the
Theatre of Kirov where he was later to mount his first important choreographic
works Stone Flower by S. Prokofiev and Legend of Love by A. Melikov. These
productions made Grigorovich's name as a choreographer and started new
trends that, for many years, determined the development of the Russian
For over 30 years (1964-1995), Yuri Grigorovich was chief
choreographer of the Bolshoi Theatre. These were the years of the company's
greatest artistic achievements when it won a world-wide reputation. Under
Grigorovich the Bolshoy Ballet Company performed in over 90 foreign tours,
bringing world fame to the company's brilliant galaxy of soloists.
The ballets Grigorovich created at the Bolshoi
made him world famous. They include: Thaikovsky's Nutcracker (1966), Spartacus
by A. Khachaturyan (1968), Ivan The Terrible S. Prokofiev (1975), Angara
A. Eshpay (1976), Romeo and Juliet S. Prokofiev (1979, 2010), The
Golden Age D. Shostakovich (1982, 2006).
He also choreographed new versions of such masterpieces
of the past as The Sleeping Beauty (1963,1973) and Swan Lake (1969, 2001),
Raymonda (1984, 2003), Giselle (1987), La Bayadere (1991), Don Quixote
and Le Corsaire (1994).
Yuri Grigorovich has staged his ballets in Stockholm,
Rome, Paris, Copenhagen, Vienna, Milano, Helsinki, Ankara, Prague, Sofia,
Genova, Warsaw, Seul. In 1990 he founded a new company Grigirovich-Ballet.
From 1996 on he choreographed for different companies in Ufa, Krasnodar,
Omsk, Ekaterinbourg, Kishinev, Kiev, Minsk.
Grigorovich was the chairman of the juries at international
ballet competitions in Russia, Japan, Bulgaria, Ukraine, Italy, Finland,
USA, Switzerland, Austria, Turkåy, China and he is the Chairman of the
Benois de la Danse award. In 2005 he was elected President of the International
Federation of ballet competitions. He is also a Member of the Vienna
Music Society, the Honorable Chairman of the International Theatre Institute,
the President of the International Union of Choreography and honorable
Chairman of the Ukrainian Dance Academy.
In 1996 Grigorovich became the Artistic director of The
Yuri Grigorovich Theatre of Ballet in Krasnodar (Russia). This company
toured in many countries: Lebanon, Spain, Portugal, Japan, Italy, Turkey,
USA, Germany, Great Britain. In 2008 he came back at the Bolshoy Theatre
as a residence Choreograph.