Yan Godovsky

Leading Soloist

Born in Tbilisi. In 1993, having completed his training at the Moscow College of Choreography (today the Moscow Academy of Choreography; Igor Uksusnikov’s class), he joined the Bolshoi Theatre Company. At the present time, his teacher-repetiteur is Boris Akimov.

Main Repertory

He-Devil (The Nutcracker; choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)

Conrad (Tikhon Khrennikov’s Love for Love; choreography by Vera Boccadoro; Shakespeare’s Much Ado About Nothing adaptation to the ballet)
Peasant Pas de Deux (Giselle; Yuri Grigorovich production)
Boy (La Sylphide; choreography by August Bournonville in a version by E.M. von Rosen)
Jig (Don Quixote; choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky in a version by Yuri Grigorovich)

Spanish Doll (The Nutcracker)
Fool (Swan Lake; choreography Alexander Gorsky, Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov in a version by Yuri Grigorovich)

Gnome Merry Fellow (Karen Khachaturyan’s Snow White; choreography by Genrikh Mayorov)
Pas de Six (The Taming of the Shrew to music by Kurt-Heinz Stolze after Domenico Scarlatti; choreography by John Cranko)

Godfather Pumpkin (Karen Khachaturyan’s Cipollino; choreography by Genrikh Mayorov)
Pas d’Action (Giselle; Vladimir Vasiliev version)
Mime (Spartacus; choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)

Friend to Prince (Swan Lake; Vladimir Vasiliev production)

French Doll (The Nutcracker)
Coral (Rodion Shchedrin’s The Humpbacked Horse; choreography by Nikolai Androsov)
1st Pas de Trois (Agon) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Poet (Insomnia by Sergei Zhukov. Alexander Petukhov production) — creation

2nd Variation in Pas d’action (Cesare Pugni’s La Fille du Pharaon; Pierre Lacotte production after Marius Petipa) — creation
(The Nutcracker)

Soloist (Passacaille to music by Anton von Webern; choreography by Rolan Petit) — creator of the role at Bolshoi Theatre

Alain (Louis Herolds La Fille mal gardee; choreography by Frederick Ashton)
Friend to Ferkhad (Arif Melikov’s A Legend of Love; choreography by Yuri Grigorovich)
Magedaveya, Dance with drum (La Bayadere. Yuri Grigorovich production)

Claude Frollo (Notre-Dame de Paris. Rolan Petit production) — creator of the role at Bolshoi Theatre
Ballet Dancer (Dmitry Shostakovich’sThe Bright Stream; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)
Colas (La Fille mal gardee)
Romeo (Romeo and Juliet; Declan Donnelan and Radu Poklitaru production)

Soloist Part 3 (Symphony in C; choreography by George Balanchine)
Tarantella (choreography by George Balanchine)
Soloist/Three Soloists (Yuri Krasavin’s Magrittomania; choreography by Yuri Possokhov) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
(Ward # 6 to music by Arvo Part; Radu Poklitaru creation)
Philostrat (Puck) (A Midnight’s Summer Dream; choreography by John Neumeier) — creator of the role at Bolshoi Theatre

Yan (Dmitry Shostakovich’s Bolt; choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) — creation
Soloist Part 1 (Symphony in C)
Fate (Les Presages to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Choreography by Leonide Massine)
Soloist (Igor Stravinsky’s Jeu de cards; Alexei Ratmansky сreation)

Friend to Prince, Waltz’ Soloist (Cinderella; Yuri Possokhov and Yuri Borisov production) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre

Soloist (Misericordes to music by Arvo Part; Christopher Wheeldon сreation)
Soloist (In the Upper Room. Music by Philip Glass. Choreography by Twyla Tharp) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Pas d’Esclaves (Le Corsaire; production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa)

James (Herman Levenskiold’s La Sylphide; choreography by August Bournonville in a version by Johan Kobborg)
Marseillaise dance (Boris Asfiev’s The Flames of Paris. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Vasily Vainonen)


In 2006, was awarded the Golden Mask National Theatre prize for his performance of the part of Philostrat (Puck) in A Midnight’s Summer Dream (season 2004/05).
In 2008, he was awarded the Ballet magazine Soul of Dance prize (Star nomination).

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