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Denis Savin

First Soloist

Denis Savin was born in Moscow. In 2002, on completing his studies at the Moscow Choreographic Academy (Igor Uksusnikov’s class), he joined the Corps de Ballet of the Bolshoi theater. Actually from the outset he was entrusted with solo parts. The next season at the theater he received the title role of Romeo in Romeo and Juliet to music by S. Prokofiev (production by Declan Donnelan, choreography by Radu Poklitary, 2003). He danced this role at the first night performance.

His master-repetiteur is Y. Klevtzov.



Pas d’action (Giselle by A. Adam; choreography by Jean Coralli, Jules Perrot, Marius Petipa in the version by Vladimir Vasiliev)
Grand Pas (Raimonda by A.Glazunov. Choreography by M. Petipa in the version of Y. Grigorovich)
Prince Lemon (Cipollino. Music by Karen Khachaturyan. Genrikh Mayorov production)
Two officers (Anyuta to music of V. Gavrilin, choreography by V. Vassiliev)


Highlanders (was among the creators of this ballet), Accordionist (The Bright Stream. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Alexei Ratmansky production)


Grey Wolf (The Sleeping Beauty by P.Tchaikovsky, choreography by M. Petipa, Y. Grigorovich’s version)
The Mouse King (Nutcracker, by P. Tchaikovsky, choreography by Y. Grigorovich)
Patient (Ward # 6 to music by Arvo Part; Radu Poklitaru creation) — creator of the role
Moth (A Midnight’s Summer Dream to the music of F. Mendelssohn Bartholdy and G. Ligeti) — creator of this role at the Bolshoi Theatre


Lysander (A Midnight’s Summer Dream)
Denis (The Bolt by D. Shostakovich, choreography by A.Ratmansky) — creator of the role
Soloist (Igor Stravinsky’s Jeu de cards; Alexei Ratmansky сreation) — was among the creators of this ballet


Hannan (Lea to music by Leonard Bernstein. Alexei Ratmansky production, the second version)
Two flustered nepmen, Sailor (The Golden Age by D. Shostakovich. Production by Yuri Grigorovich)


Officers (A. Melikov’s A Legend of Love, choreography by Y. Grigorovich)
Gamache (Don Quixote by L.Minkus, choreography by M. Petipa, A. Gorsky in a version by A. Fadeyechev)
Soloist (In the Upper Room. Music by Philip Glass. Choreography by Twyla Tharp) — was among the creators of this ballet at the
Pyotr (The Bright Stream)


Gurn (Herman Levenskiold’s La Sylphide; choreography by August Bournonville in a version by Johan Kobborg) — creator of the role at Bolshoi Theatre
Shepherds (A. Khachaturian’s Spartacus, choreography by Y. Grigorovich)
Black slave (Cesare Pugni’s La Fille du Pharaon; Pierre Lacotte production after Marius Petipa)
Jerome (Boris Asfiev’s The Flames of Paris. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Vasily Vainonen) — creator of the role
Couple in red (Russian Seasons. Music by Leonid Desyatnikov, choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) — was among the creators of this ballet at the Bolshoi Theatre
Drosselmeyer (Nutcracker)


Hilarion (Giselle. V. Vasiliev production)
Csardas (Coppelia by L. Délibes. Choreography by Marius Petipa and Enrico Cecchetti; revival and new choreographic version by Sergei Vikharev)
Delta (Emiliano Palmieri’s Zakharova Super Game. Choreography by Francesco Ventriglia) — creator of the role
Gladiator (Spartacus)
Gringoire (Cesare Pugni’s La Esmeralda; Choreography by M. Petipa, production and new choreographic version by Y. Burlaka, V. Medvedev) — creator of the role


Moor (Petrushka, by I. Stravinsky choreography by M. Fokin, new choreographic version by S. Vikharev)
Pas de deux (Herman Schmerman to music by Thom Willems; choreography by William Forsythe) — participant of the opening night performance at the Bolshoi theater


Role in Chroma ballet, music by Joby Talbot and Jack White (choreography by Wayne McGregor)


Artynov (Anyuta to music of V. Gavrilin, choreography by V. Vassiliev)
Birbanto (Le Corsaire by A. Adam. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa)
Torero (Carmen Suite to music by Bizet-Shchedrin, A. Alonso production)

He participated in the Bolshoi Theatre’s Studio of New Choreography project. There he appeared — with Anna Nikulina — in the number Acquisition to music by Sergei Rachmaninoff, produced by Yuri Klevtsov (2006).

In 2007, he appeared in the ballet Old Ladies Falling Out to music by Leonid Desyatnikov (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky), which was shown first at the Territory Festival, and then under the auspices of the Studio of New Choreography project (workshop).

In 2011 he participated in the joint project of the Bolshoi Theater and the Segerstrom Center for the Arts (Remansos to music by E. Granados, Nacho Duato production; Fractus to music by

Rhys Chatham, K. Armitage production)

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