Sergey Chumakov and Elena Petrichenko

“A knockout male dancer in the Arabian divertissement, Sergey Chumakov... extraordinary physique” writes NY Times Chief Dance Critic Alastair Macaulay, “Chumakov...when partnering Elena Petrichenko...confers an unusual thrill upon the work’s many lifts.”

Soloists Sergey Chumakov and Elena Petrichenko premiere the “Dove of Peace” as one bird with a 20 ft wing span in the 2012 20th Anniversary production of Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker. They are also well known for their high speed Moor Dolls and sensual Arabian variation in the Great Russian Nutcracker. Chumakov and Petrichenko first danced with Moscow Ballet in 1994 when Moscow Ballet and the Moscow State Academic Children’s Music Theater Named after Natalia Sats, (The world's first professional theater for children and perhaps best known internationally as the birthplace of Prokofiev's Peter and the Wolf) toured the Great Russian Nutcracker with a troupe of 100.

The pair is known for their almost acrobatic moves which combine the line and beauty of ballet with the showmanship of the circus. They are graduates of the highly respected State Academic Choreography Institute in Perm, Russia majoring in the Classical Choreography Section.  Acclaimed by US press, “[Moscow Ballet’s] Arabian pair…were particularly astounding,” Charles Downey, DC 2010, and “The most breathtaking by far is the Arabian sequence… as if Cirque du Soleil performers had crept into the timeless ballet” Cheryl Callon,, Dallas.

The couple continue to amaze with the new “2 dancers, 1 Dove of Peace” which is inspired by Stanislav Vlasov’s similar work in the 1950’s (he is from the Bolshoi Ballet and was the original choreographer for Moscow Ballet’s Great Russian Nutcracker in 1993).

In 2001 they were also principal dancers with the Crown of Russia Ballet performing leading roles in Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, Pachita, Nutcracker, and more. They have also danced with the Magdeburg Opera and Ballet Theatre in Germany performing classical and modern repertoire and with the Russian Theatre in Berlin. Their earliest work was with the Moscow State Ballet Company, Bolshoi Theatre; as principal dancers with the Classic and Modern Choreography Theatre, Moscow; and the Russian Ballet of the 21st Century. They have traveled and worked in countries including USA, Canada, Spain, England, Norway, Germany, Argentina, Ireland, Qatar, Malta, Israel, Mexico, and Jordan.

“Chumakov and Pterichenko as Moscow Ballet Exclusive Dove of Peace” opening Act II of Great Russain Nutcracker