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Denis Medvedev

First Soloist

Denis Medevedev was born in Moscow. He finished the Moscow College of Choreography(class of Peter Korogodsky), then he completed his studies at the Department of performing arts at the Institute of Choreography qualifying as a teacher-repetiteur (now the college and the institute are combined into the Moscow State Academy of Choreography). After graduation in 1994 he joined the Bolshoi Ballet.

His master-repetiteur is Valery Lagunov.



Four satyrs (Walpurgis Night. Ballet Divertissement from opera Faust. Choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)


Boys (La Sylphid by H.S.Løvenskiold. Choreography by August Bournonville in a version by E.M. von Rosen)
Interpolation Pas de Deux (Giselle by A. Adam; choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa in the version by Yuri Grigorovich)
Gnome Dopey (Karen Khachaturyan’s Snow White; choreography by Genrikh Mayorov) — creator of the role at the Bolshoi Theatre
Grapelet (Cipollino. Music by Karen Khachaturyan. Genrikh Mayorov production)


Chinese doll (Nutcracker)
Jig (Don Quixote; choreography by Marius Petipa, Alexander Gorsky in the version by Yuri Grigorovich)


Jester (Romeo and Juliet. Music by S. Prokofiev. Choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky)
Harlequin (Nutcracker, by P. Tchaikovsky, choreography by Y. Grigorovich)
Cipollino (Cipollino)
Shepherds (A. Khachaturian’s Spartacus, choreography by Y. Grigorovich)


The Bronze Idol (La Bayadère by L. Minkus. Choreography by M. Petipa, Yuri Grigorovich production)
Friend to Prince (Swan Lake by P. Tchaikovsky, Vladimir Vasiliev production)


Pas d’action (Giselle. Vladimir Vasiliev production)
The Little Humpbacked Horse (R. Shchedrin’s The Little Humpbacked Horse, N. Androsov production)
Casanova (Fantasy on the Casanova Theme to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mikhail Lavrovsky production)


1st variation in Pas d’action (creator of the role), John Bull — Passiphonte (La Fille du Pharaon. Music by C. Pugni. Pierre Lacotte production after Marius Petipa)


Jester (Swan Lake; choreography Alexander Gorsky, Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov in the version by Yuri Grigorovich)


Alain (La Fille mal gardée by L. Hérold, choreography by F. Ashton)


Dance with a drum (La Bayadere)
Tybalt (Romeo and Julie by S. Prokofiev. Production by Declan Donellan and Radu Poklitaru) — creator of the role


Danse sarrasine (Raimonda. Music by A. Glazunov, choreography Marius Petipa in the version by Y.Grigorovich)
Tarantella (Music by L.M.Gottschalk, choreography by George Balanchine)
Postmaster (Ward # 6 to music by Arvo Part; Radu Poklitaru creation) — creator of the role
Three Soloists (Yuri Krasavin’s Magrittomania; choreography by Yuri Possokhov) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre


Philostrat (Puck) (A Midnight’s Summer Dream to the music of F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy and G. Ligeti, choreography by John Neumeier)
Peruvian (Gaite parisienne to music by Jacques Offenbach, in M. Rozental’s adaptation, choreography by L. Myasin)
Colas (La Fille mal gardée )
Soloist (Igor Stravinsky’s Jeu de cards; Alexei Ratmansky сreation) — was among the creators of this ballet


Friend to Prince, Waltz’ Soloist (Cinderella by S. Prokofiev, Y. Possokhov and Y. Borisov production) — was among the creators of this ballet
Variety show compere (The Golden Age. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Production by Yuri Grigorovich)


Soloist (Philip Glass’ In the Upper Room; choreography by Twyla Tharp) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Pas d’Esclaves (Le Corsaire by A. Adam. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa)
Soloist (Class Concert to music by A.Glazunov, A. Lyadov, A. Rubinstein, D. Shostakovich; choreography by Asaf Messerer)


Pas de trois (Grand Pas classique for the ballet Paquita by L.Minkus, choreography by M. Petipa, new choreographic version by Y. Burlaka) — was among the creators


Gringoire (Cesare Pugni’s La Esmeralda; Choreography by M. Petipa, production and new choreographic version by Y. Burlaka, V. Medvedev)


Ballet master (Illusions perdues. Music by Leonid Desyatnikov, choreography by Alexei Ratmansky)


King Louis XVI (Boris Asfiev’s The Flames of Paris. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Vasily Vainonen)
Pas de trois in Emeralds (Part I of Jewels, music by G. Faure, choreography by G. Balanchine)

He danced Horseman (Polovtsian Dances in Prince Igor by A. Borodin, choreography by K. Goleizovsky) at the celebratory Bolshoi’s gala opening concert.
He took part in the youth “New Year premiers” of the Bolshoi Theater (1997), performing in the duet number “Improvisation”, D. Peregudov’s production.
In 2008 he participated in the Bolshoi Theatre’s Studio of New Choreography project. There he danced the choreographic number Heroic, included in the 1st department of the Studio — inspired by Scriabiniana, K. Goleizovsky choreography.
He apperared as James in Herman Levenskiold’s La Sylphide with the Ballet Company of Bashkir state opera and ballet theater (Ufa, 2004)

In 2004 he danced the title role in Nijinsky ballet to music by S. Rachmaninoff (choreography L. Lavrovsky).

In 2009 he performed the title role in Spartacus — the triumph of Rome (choreography K. Ivanov) at the International ballet festival n.a. Galina Ulanova in Ioshkar Ola.

In 2010 he danced Stranger at the premier of Le Sacre du printemps ballet by I. Stravinsky (choreography S. Bobrov) at the Krasnoyarsk opera and Ballet Theater. The premier took place as part of the 1st International Forum “Ballet XXI century”. He also danced there the role of Shepherd in Spartacus with the ballet company of that theater.

In 2011 he danced Mozart in Mozart and Salieri to music by W.I. Mozart and A. Salieri (choreography by V. Bokkadoro) on the stage of Krasnoyarsk opera and Ballet Theater in the course of the “Krasnoyarsk-Paris” Russian-French cultural festival. He has appeared in a number of gala-concerts and has a vast concert repertoire.

In 2004 he danced the concert number Narcissus to music by N. Cherepnin (choreography by K. Goleizovsky) in the gala-concert in honor of the Ballet magazine Soul of Dance prize decennary. Vladimir Vasiliev, for whom the number was initially staged, stated that Denis Medvedev was one of its best performers

In 2003, Denis starred in the film-ballet “Edith Piaf”, choreographed by Leonid Lavrovsky.

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