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Artistic Director of the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre Sergei Bobrov resigns

Artistic Director of the Hvorostovsky Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre Sergei Bobrov will step down on October 1. He said that he desires to engage in his own projects. Sergei Bobrov joined the Krasnoyarsk Theatre 20 years ago; he has been its Artistic Director for 16 years.

Sergei Bobrov used to be a principal dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre. In 1993, he graduated from the Ballet Master Faculty of the Moscow Institute of Choreography (class of People's Artist of the USSR Yuri Grigorovich) and took up a career of a production director. On the Krasnoyarsk ballet stage, the choreographer released his first performance back in the spring of 1999: it was the world premiere of the choreographic symphony Tsar Fish by Vladimir Porotsky, based on the stories of Viktor Petrovich Astafiev. In 2000, Sergei Bobrov released the next avant-garde production - the modern ballet Oedipus Daughter (music composition by Mark Pekarsky based on the works of V. Artemov, V. Martynov, M. Pekarsky, S. Prokofiev, D. Cage). In February 2002, Sergei Bobrov was invited to the Theatre as a choreographer; a year later, he became chief choreographer. In September 2006, he headed the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre as Artistic Director.

Sergei Bobrov staged a number of opera and ballet productions in Krasnoyarsk including The Nutcracker, Carmen, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Sleeping Beauty, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Giselle, Cinderella, The Rite of Spring, Hussar Ballad, Electra, Catarina ou la Fille du Bandit (along with Yuliana Malkhasyants), the operas The Queen of Spades, Bogatyrs, Les Mamelles de Tirésias, and others.

He launched the international forum Ballet XXI Century in Krasnoyarsk (held since 2010), the international opera festival Stars Parade at the Opera, the contemporary art project Art in the Quadrat, and many other creative projects promoting the Krasnoyarsk Opera and Ballet Theatre in Russia and abroad, as well as drawing attention of the broad public audience to the high opera and ballet art. Productions by Sergei Bobrov have repeatedly participated in regional, all-Russian, and international competitions and festivals. Three of his works - Romeo and Juliet, Bogatyrs, and Les Mamelles de Tirésias - were nominated for the Golden Mask National Theatre Award. The production of Les Mamelles de Tirésias won the award; for his role in Bogatyrs, the soloist of the Theatre Mikhail Pirogov received an honorary award.

During the 20 years of Sergei Bobrov's work in Krasnoyarsk, the Theatre annually went on Russian and international tours. The ballet company was especially active in touring, presenting its art in many European countries (regularly in the UK), in the USA, Japan, Cyprus, Taiwan, Latin America, etc. Under his direction, the Theatre’s company toured the Bolshoi Theatre of Russia in the summer of 2022 for the first time.