Biography of Oleg Briansky (1929-VVVV)

Dancer, teacher and artistic director Belgian, born in Brussels on November 9, 1929, son of Russian parents of Tatar origin.

He began his dance studies under the guidance of the masters Victor Gsovsky, Madame Rousanne, Boris Kniaseff and Vera Volkova. He made his debut at the age of thirteen as helper in Le Tricorne, by Léonide Massine, although it was in 1945 when made his professional debut in Brussels, and the following year joined the Ballets des Champs-Elysées. After a few years away from the stage by a knee injury, Briansky returned in 1949 with the Ballets de Paris, directed by Roland Petit, but he left the company during a tour by United States to form their own group. His first choreography for this, Tournoi, was premiered in 1950 during a gala at the Palais de Chaillot in Paris. Between 1951 and 1954 he was principal dancer with the London Festival Ballet, which premiered the role of Mephistopheles in the revised version of the Vision of Marguerite (1952), Frederick Ashtonballet, and obtained a great success together with Tamara Toumanova in the Pas de Deux from Don Quixote (March, 1952). He was guest dancer in São Paulo (1954) and in the company of Ruth Page, for which he danced Revenge (1955), along with Alicia Markova, the American presentation of this choreography. In addition, he has danced at the New York Metropolitan Opera Ballet and at the Bavarian Staatsoper in Munich, among others. He was on tour with Beryl Grey across South America during 1957, and early 1960s settled in New York, where he founded a new company and its partner school, the Briansky Saratoga Ballet Center, with his wife, the dancer and Professor Mireille Briane.

It is currently artistic director of the Ballet Guild of the Lehigh Valley in Pennsylvania. He has translated the book of Assaf Messerer titled Classes in Classical Ballet (London, 1976), as well as a dance treatise written by Vera Kostrovistskaya. She directed the documentary entitled The Children of Theatre Street, the choreographic Institute of Leningrad, who was nominated by the Academy of Hollywood. Among the awards collected by Briansky throughout his career is the Nijinsky Medal (1994). In addition, it is Honorary Member of the National Committee of the Jackson Ballet competition (Mississippi).