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VLADIMIR TROSHENKO

FOUNDER 1954 - 2022

Vladimir Troshenko graduated from the St. Petersburg Academy of Dance named after Vaganova in 1973, from the class of legendary teacher Svyatoslav Kuznetsov together with World renowned Ballet Star Mikhail Baryshnikov.He made his first appearance in Pas de deux in the ballet “Giselle” on July 17, 1973.

He was a Laureate of the Komsomol Prize in Literature and Art in 1981. Vladimir has received Government Awards of Republics of Tatarstan, Bashkiria and Chuvashia. Honored Artist of Chuvashia (1985). In 1992 Vladimir graduated with merit from the Academy of theatrical art as a director-choreographer and this led him to be a Principal Ballet Dancer on stages across the world.

His repertoire includes the leading parts in such ballets as “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, “La Bayadere”, “Giselle”, “Don Quixote”, and others.

Vladimir toured in more than 10 countries as a member of the “Moscow City Ballet” company, dancing with such great ballet stars as Nadezhda Pavlova – People’s Artist of the USSR, Lyudmila Semenyaka – People’s Artist of the USSR, Galina Mezentseva – People’s Artist of the RSFSR and Elena Pankova. As a Choreographer, Vladimir created new ballets for the stages of the USA & Europe to include :

1987 – “Mozart and Salieri” (first production)

1990 – “Francesca da Rimini”, “Mercedes”, “The Last Step”

1992 – “Flight to Shanghai”

1993 – “Don Quixote”

1994 – “Carmen Suite”

1995 – “The Sleeping Beauty”

1996 – “Zora”

 

In 1996 Vladimir performed leading parts in the ballets “Swan Lake” and “Sleeping Beauty” in duet with the renowned People’s Artist of USSR – Nadezhda Pavlova, Prima ballerina of world renowned Bolshoi Theatre.

From 1998 – 2010 Vladimir was the chief choreographer of the Odessa Academic National Opera and Ballet Theatre. During this period, Vladimir created new versions of: “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “The Nutcracker”, “Lilea” as well as restored: “Don Quixote” and “La Bayadere”. In the children’s theater – studio, he created ballets “Alice in Wonderland” and “Peter Pan”.

 In 2004 Vladimir produced the ballet “La Bayadère” on the stage of the Kharkov Opera and Ballet Theater. In recent years, he was repeatedly creating ballet divertissements for Government concerts in the Odessa region and the capital Kiev. With The Ukrainian National ballet he toured in Switzerland, USA, Greece, Russia, Romania, Canada, Mexico.

Since 2005 Vladimir has been a member of the Board of the Union of Choreographers of Ukraine.

2007 Honorary Award of the Governor of Odessa region for merits in the field of choreography.

2007 – 2022: the Artistic Director and Choreographer of the Ukrainian National Ballet of Odessa.

2016 -2022 Vladimir was Acting Assistant Professor of the Choreography Department of the South Ukrainian Pedagogical University named after Ushinsky.

ALEKSANDRA FEDORINA

ARTISTIC DIRECTOR

Born in Odessa in 1966. At the age of 15, after graduating from the Odessa City Ballet School, Alexandra started her career in Odessa National Opera and Ballet Theater in 1981 immediately taking an active place in the entire ballet and opera repertoire. Aleksandra toured with the theatre in USA, Italy, Spain, Germany, Greece, Switzerland, Hungary and others countries.

In 2009 and 2013 she received awards from the governor of the Odessa region for her significant contribution to the development of national ballet art in the Country.

Aleksandra was at the origins of the company The Ukrainian National Ballet, being the main assistant of its founder, Vladimir Troschenko, also doing all the admin. duties as well as holding all of the rehearsals and stage activities of the group whilst on International tours.

In June 2021 Aleksandra graduated from the Academy of Music, Theatre and Fine Arts in Chisinau as a Master of choreography. During the years of the Covid epidemic Aleksandra has devoted herself to improving the repertoire of the Company and preparing new star performers of the future.

Following the death of Vladimir Troshenko in 2022, she was appointed as Artistic Director of The Ukrainian National Ballet of Odessa.

Aleksey Knyazkov

Principal Dancer

2004-2008 studied at the Choreographic School of Vadim Pisarev at the Donetsk State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre named after A.Solovyanenko.
2013 – graduated from Kharkov State Academy of Culture (Contemporary Choreography Department).
From 2013 – Principal dancer of Kharkov National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater named after N.V.Lysenko.
Winner of International Dance Competition Hellas (Athens 2018)

“La Bayadere” (Ludwig Minkus) – Solor, Golden idol
“Swan Lake” (Petr Tchaikovsky) – Siegfried
“The Nutcracker” (Petr Tchaikovsky) – The Nutcracker, Prince
“Sleeping Beauty” (Petr Tchaikovsky) – Prince Desire
“Spartacus” (Aram Khachaturyan) – Marcus Licinius Crassus
“Cinderella” (Sergey Prokofiev) – Prince
“Carmen Suite” (Alberto Alonso) – Hosе

“Le Corsaire” (Adolphe Adam) – Konrad, Isaac Lankedem
“Chopiniana” (Frederick Chopin) – Young poet
“Scheherazade” (Rimsky-​Korsakov) – Golden slave
“Paquita” (Edouard Deldevez, Ludwig Minkus) – Lucien d’Ervili
“Don Quixote” (Ludwig Minkus) – Torero, Espada
“Walpurgis Night” (Charles Gounod) – Bacchus
“Polovtsian Dances” (Alexander Borodin) – Kumen

Khandazhevskaya Iryna

Prima Ballerina

Finnished Kharkiv choreography college.
Worked in “Art Ballet Budapest “
Was guest principal dancer in “Eifman Ballet “, “Royal Russian Ballet “,”Moscow Ballet “LA Classique”, “St. Petersburg Ballet”,”Kiev Ballet “.
Has got diploma in international competition in Roma.
Most of time principal dancer in Kharkov National Theater of Opera and Ballet.

Repertoire

“Swan Lake ” Odette Odilly
“Swan Lake water fantasy” dance in water
“Sleeping Beauty” Princess Aurura, Fairy Lilac
“Nutcracker “Mary
“Giselle ” Giselle, Martha
“Don Quihot” Kitri
“Spartacus” Eigina

“Le Corsaire” Medora
“Shopeniana” Main Silphide
“Paquita” Paquita
“Carmen suit” Carmen
“Sheherezada” Zabeida
“1001 Night” Sheherezada
“Per Hiundt” Doughter of Mountain King

Olga Kifyak

1st Soloist

Olga Kifyak

Olga Kifyak  is the 1st soloist at the Ukrianian National Ballet of Odessa and a Merited Artist of Ukraine since 2012.

Born in Kiev, Olga began her dance studies at the age of 5. In 1995 she entered the Kiyanochka choreographic school. At 14, she entered the Ukrainian Academy of Dance (under the guidance of A. Kalchenko, Founder of the Ukrainian Academy of Ballet.) She graduated in 2001  with a degree in choreography. In the same year, she received a diploma from the International Slavic University with a degree in choreography. In 2006 she graduated from the university with the qualification of a teacher of choreography, aesthetics, artistic culture. Since 2001 she has been working at the National Academic Opera and Ballet Theater of Ukraine.

Awards

  • Winner of the 4th International Competition Dance of the 21st Century
  • Winner of the contest-festival Lotus
  •  Winner of the 4th International Competition (Vienna, Austria) – Diploma
  • Winner of the 1st International Festival of Vaslav Nijinsky
  • Winner of the 4th International Ballet Competition of Serge Lifar – 3rd Prize 
  • Winner of the 5th International Competition (Vienna, Austria) – 2nd Prize
  • Winner of the International Competition Premio Roma – 1st Prize
  • Winner of the 7th International Festival-Competition (Dance of the 21st Century) – 1st prize for classical dance, 1st prize – modern
  • Winner of the 1st International Competition of Yuri Grigorovich Young Ballet of the World – 3rd Prize
  •  Winner of the 6th International Ballet Competition of Serge Lifar – 2nd Prize

Repertoire

Olga’s repertoire includes the largest works of classical ballet, as well as many roles in modern ballets.

Critics say that “Olga Kifyak was born to dance and in a short time has become principal ballerina par excellence. From the dramatic to the lyrical to the tricks of a master, Kifyak has it all – public accolades and professional awards”.

“A graduate of the Ukrainian Academy of Dance in Kiev, Kifyak held the audience’s attention throughout the score, moving the tragic story along with her incredible footwork and graceful arm sweeps. Kifyak’s small frame disguised a powerful repertoire that included standing on tiptoe for minutes at a time.”

Critics call her acting “superb, her extensions in the pas de deux sky-high and her 32 fouettes razor-sharp”

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