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Principal Artists

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Ekaterina Bortiakova

 

 

 

 

Ekaterina Bortiakova

Ekaterina Bortiakova, epitome of a classical ballerina…to say that I was impressed would be an extreme understatement. Her performance was flawless.” Alt Daily, Virginia Beach VA, Jaime Simpson, December 23, 2009

Ekaterina Bortiakova returns to Moscow Ballet’s North American tour in 2013 as principal dancer “Masha” with partner Akshol Mussakhanov as “Nutcracker Prince”on the East tour. Born in Kazan, Tatarstan, Bortyakova attended the Jalil State Choreographic School of Kazan, which annually presents the Rudolf Nureyev Festival in honor of the ballet legend whose family also hails from Tatarstan.

Ekaterina graduated from the Jalil State Choreographic School in 1998, after just six years of training, 10 years are usually required. At 16 years she won a coveted award from the Vaganova-Prix International Ballet Competition in St Petersburg and in 2001 she was awarded the prize for “Artistic Inspiration” at Kazan International Ballet Competition, and a year later at the  International Ballet Competition in Perm she was awarded best “Arabesque” as well as “Best Partnering” award with partner Akshol Mussakhanov.

Upon graduation from school, Ekaterina was invited to join the State Opera and Ballet Theatre of Tatarstan as a soloist. Later she danced as principal ballerina at Swansea Ballet Russe, in Swansea, Wales, UK. Her repertoire includes principal roles in Giselle, La Fille Mal Garde, Coppelia, La Bayadera, Le Corsaire, Cinderella,Snow White and Seven Dwarfs, Sleeping Beauty and more. She has also participated in many international dance festivals, and has toured the US, Holland, Germany, Austria, Belgium, Denmark, Switzerland and Norway. In her free time Ekaterina enjoys ballet costume design, reading classical and modern literature, photography, visiting art galleries, theatres, concerts; and camping!


 

 


 

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Ekaterina Tikhonova

Ekaterina Tikhonova premieres with Moscow Ballet in 2013 as principal partnering award-winning Viktor Shcherbakov and having danced in several earlier Moscow Ballet North American tours. Ekaterina’s reviews from earlier Moscow Ballet tours …”Sumptuous, limbs moving like quicksilver” from Texas’ Margaret Putman and “Astounded by Moscow Ballet’s Ekaterina Tichinova…given a standing ovation” Clarion-Ledger, Jackson MS – home the only North American IBC. She is also principal soloist with the Glinka State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater in Chelyabinsk Russia. Ekaterina is a rising star ballerina dancing classical lead roles such as Kitri in Don Quixote, Odette and Odile in Swan Lake, Giselle in Giselle and Nikiya in La Bayadere. Ekaterina is a graduate of the Perm State Choreographic College of which former students comprise some of the brightest stars of Russian and world ballet including Moscow Ballet’s own Tatyana Predeina, praised by NY Times Anna Kisselgoff, among many others.

 

 



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Viktor Shcherbakov


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Viktor Shcherbakov

Viktor Shcherbakov has been one of the principals of the Ukrainian National Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kiev, Ukraine and he is an Honored Artist of Ukraine (2011). Viktor started to study ballet at the age of 10 at the Kiev State Ballet College (1991–1996). As a result of his performance at the first Ukrainian International Ballet Contest in 1996, Alex Ursuliak invited him to study at John Cranko School and then at John Cranko Ballet Academy in Stuttgart, Germany in  Peter Pestov’s class and was where he started his professional career.

Viktor Shcherbakov’s wide ballet and acting range was discovered at the Ukrainian National Opera and Ballet Theatre. He received acclaim in solo roles of romantic, heroic and other character types, including James (La Sylphide), Espada (Don Quixote), Birbanto (The Corsair), Albert (Giselle), Escamillo (Carmen Suite), the Prince (The Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs), Perelesnik (The Forest Song), John (Zorba the Greek), the Bluebird (The Sleeping Beauty), the Prince (the Nutcracker) and others.

The main characteristic of Viktor’s talent is his brilliant performance of the male roles in Ukrainian choreographer Anatole Shekera’s ballets. He was awarded the State Prize of Ukraine in the area of Choreographic Art named after A. F. Shekera in 2012. On the diploma of this award, his highly artistic interpretation of the roles in the following ballets is mentioned: “Swan Lake” by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, “Spartacus” by Aram Khachaturian, “Romeo and Juliet” by Sergei Prokofiev, “The Legend of Love" by Arif Malikov, “Coppelia” by Léo Delibes, and “Bolero” by Maurice Ravel staged in Kyiv by Anatole Shekera. Anatoliy Shekera’s artistic work is as important as Serge Lifar’s, José Limón’s, Yury Grigorovich’s and John Cranko’s.

Playing a great role in recognizing Viktor Shcherbakov’s talent has been played by teacher Eleonora Steblyak, Anatole Shekera’s widow, who is still carrying on her legendary husband’s lifework.  Viktor joined her in several Ukrainian TV shows; he has also taken part in shooting a documentary “Anatole Shekera Ballet of the ХХІCentury” (2012). Viktor is connected to Shekera’s cultural heritage by long-term creative cooperation as well as by scientific and pedagogical work. He has successfully completed his Master’s research paper titled “The Choreographic Heritage of Anatole Fedorovych Shekera as an Artistic Phenomenon in the History of Ukrainian and World Culture: An Experience of Systematic Thought” (2012). He is also a Docent of the National Academy of Government Managerial Staff of Culture and Arts.

Karyna-Shatkovskay

Karyna Shatkovskaya

 

 

 

 

 


 

 

Karyna Shatkovskaya

Karyna Shatkovskaya is a multiple award-winning soloist who debuted with Moscow Ballet in 2011. In 2009 she was Laureate in the Second International Ballet Competition (IBC) in Astana, the capital of Kazakhstan, and in 2010 was awarded “State Prize Winner.”

Shatkovskaya graduated from the Kharkov State Choreographic School in 2000 and was invited to join the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theater. In 2004, she graduated from the Kharkov School of Culture and in 2006 graduated from the Kharkov Academy of Culture with a degree in Classical Choreography. Shatkovskaya debuted as a soloist in September 2002, dancing the role of Maria in the Odessa National Opera and Ballet’s Nutcracker.

Her repertoire includes the lead roles in some of ballet’s most coveted performances: Coppelia, Cinderella, Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, Don Quixote, and more. She has toured extensively in Europe, Russia, and North and South America. Karyna was Guest Soloist with the Imperial Ballet of Russia, under the direction of Taranda, and with the International Ballet of Russia, under the direction of Surnevoy, before joining Moscow Ballet.

Find out more about Karyna in her interview by Vicki Crain of 4dancers.org blog post.

The video to the left shows Karyna Shatkovskaya performing the Pas De Deux in a production of Swan Lake.



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Vladimir Tkachenko


 

 

 

Vladimir Tkachenko

Vladimir Tkachenko graduated with honors from the prestigious Perm Choreographic Ballet School, in the class of V. Alikina in 2006. The repertoire of the theatre includes masterpieces of the most distinguished choreographers of the 20th Century, including G. Balachine and J. Robbins. Upon graduation Tkachenko was invited to join the State Kremlin Ballet of Moscow and made his professional debut in La Esmeralda as the Hunchback Quasimodo.

Two years later Tkachenko was invited to become soloist in the Kharkov National Academic Theater of Opera and Ballet rehearsing under the direction of People's Artist of Ukraine S. Kolyvanova and Honored Artist of the USSR, M. Bezzubikovym. There he dances principal roles in Nutcracker, Coppelia, Cinderella, Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs, and A Thousand and One Nights. He has been a Guest Soloist of the Imperial Ballet under the direction of Taranda, and of the Russian International Ballet under the direction of Honored Artist of Russia Igor Surnevoy. Tkachenko has toured to almost all continents of the world including Europe, Asia, Africa, and North and South America. He made his debut appearance with Moscow Ballet in 2011 as the Nutcracker Prince in the Great Russian Nutcracker.



 

 

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