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Imperial Russian Ballet

Mariinsky Ballet
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General information
Name Mariinsky Ballet
Previous names
  • Imperial Russian Ballet
  • The Soviet Ballet
  • Kirov Ballet
Year founded Approx. 1740
Principal venue Mariinsky Theatre
1 Theatre Square
St Petersburg
 Russia
Website www.mariinsky.ru/en
Artistic staff
Artistic Director Valery Gergiev
(Mariinsky Theatre)
Deputy Director
  • Yury Fateyev
  • Tatiana Bessarabova (assistant)
Reserve Troupe Director Andrei Bugaev
Other
Parent company Mariinsky Theatre
Associated schools Vaganova Ballet Academy
Formation
  • Principal
  • First Soloist
  • Second Soloist
  • Principal Character Artist
  • Coryphee
  • Corps de Ballet
  • Reserve Troup

The Mariinsky Ballet is the resident classical ballet company of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, Russia. Founded in the 18th century and originally known as the Imperial Russian Ballet, the Mariinsky Ballet is one of the world's leading ballet companies. Internationally, the Mariinsky Ballet continues to be known by its former Soviet name the Kirov Ballet. The Mariinsky Ballet is the parent company of the Vaganova Ballet Academy, a leading international ballet school.

The Mariinsky Ballet was founded in the 1740s, following the formation of the first Russian dance school in 1738.

The Imperial Theatre School as it was originally known, was established on 4 May 1738, at the Winter Palace in Saint Petersburg. It would become the predecessor of today's Vaganova Ballet Academy. The school's founder director was the French ballet master and teacher Jean-Baptiste Landé and the purpose of creating the school was to train young dancers to form the first Russian ballet company. The first group of students included twelve boys and twelve girls, who later went on to form what would become the predecessor of today's Mariinsky Ballet.

Very little information exists from the formative years of the ballet company, however it is known that both the school and the ballet company were linked by name, becoming the Imperial Ballet School and Imperial Russian Ballet, names that continued to be used until the abolition of Imperial rule. In the late 18th and early 19th centuries, the Imperial Russian Ballet soon rose to prominence and would employ some of the most influential and famous names in ballet history including Charles Didelot, Marie Taglioni, Christian Johansson, Enrico Cecchetti, Jules Perrot, Fanny Cerrito and Carlotta Grisi.



  • Imperial Russian Ballet
  • The Soviet Ballet
  • Kirov Ballet
  • Yury Fateyev
  • Tatiana Bessarabova (assistant)
  • Principal
  • First Soloist
  • Second Soloist
  • Principal Character Artist
  • Coryphee
  • Corps de Ballet
  • Reserve Troup
  • Sofia Gumerova (Lazutkina)
  • Anastasia Kolegova
  • Anastasia Matvienko
  • Olesya Novikova
  • Nikita Shcheglov
  • Philipp Stepin
  • Konstantin Zverev
  • Nadezhda Batoeva
  • Oxana Bondareva
  • Yekaterina Chebykina
  • Irina Golub
  • Nadezhda Gonchar
  • Alexandra Iosifidi
  • Sofia Ivanova-Skoblikova
  • Valeria Martynyuk
  • Yana Selina
  • Renata Shakirova
  • Maria Shirinkina
  • Tatiana Tkachenko
  • Ernest Latypov
  • Ivan Oskorbin
  • Yuri Smekalov
  • Alexei Timofeyev
  • Vasily Tkachenko
  • David Zaleyev
  • Maxim Zyuzin
  • Maria Adzhamova
  • Elena Bazhenova
  • Olga Belik
  • Islom Baimuradov
  • Soslan Kulaev
  • Vladimir Ponomarev
  • Andrei Yakovlev
  • Viktoria Brilyova
  • Yuliana Chereshkevich
  • Xenia Dubrovina
  • Elena Firsova (Vasyukovich)
  • Yekaterina Ivannikova
  • Svetlana Ivanova
  • Viktoria Krasnokutskaya
  • Anastasia Lukina
  • Anastasia Nikitina
  • Xenia Ostreikovskaya
  • Anastasia Petushkova
  • Zlata Yalinich
  • Vitaly Amelishko
  • Roman Belyakov
  • Lavrentiy Fyodorov
  • Fyodor Murashov
  • Alexei Nedviga
  • Grigory Popov
  • Dmitry Pykhachov
  • Vasily Shcherbakov
  • Andrei Solovyov
  • Ilya Zhivoi
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