Biography of Yuri Nikolaievich Grigorovich (1927-VVVV)

Dancer, choreographer and artistic director Russian, born January 2, 1927 in Leningrad. He/She studied at the choreographic school in Leningrad, where he/she was student of Vladimir Ponomarev, Alexander Pushkin and Andrey Lopokov, among others. After obtaining graduation in 1946, he/she became a soloist of the Kirov Ballet, where he/she premiered the bronze Knight (1949) and La Flor Roja (1958) of Rostislav Zakharov, Taras Bulba (1955) of Boris Fenster and the path of Thunder (1957) Konstantin Sergeyev. For this company he/she choreographed La Flor de Piedra (Prokofiev, 1957) and the legend of love (Melikov, 1961). In 1964 was appointed artistic director and principal choreographer of the Bolshoi Ballet, which produced new ballets, among them: sleeping beauty (Tchaikovsky, 1965), Nutcracker (Tchaikovsky, 1966), Spartacus (Khachaturian, 1968), El Lago de los Cisnes (Tchaikovsky, 1969), Iván the Terrible (Prokofiev, 1975), Angara (Eshpai, 1976), Romeo and Juliet (Prokofiev, 1979), presented a year earlier at l' Opéra de ParisThe age of gold (Shostakovich, 1982) and Giselle (Adam, 1986). Presided over the jury of the International Ballet competition in Varna the years 1974, 1976, 1978, 1980, 1983, 1986 and 1988. He/She was co-director of the dance section and President of the Committee permanent of the dance of the International Theatre Institute - Unite, between 1985 and 1987. After a great controversy, Grigorovich left the directorship of the Bolshoi Ballet in March 1995. With his wife, the Ballerina Natalia Bessmertnova, created in Ireland the World Centre for the Performing Arts. He/She has been honored with the title of people's artist of the USSR and1966. He/She received the Lenin Prize in 1970, the State Prize of the USSR in 1977 and 1985, and was named a hero of Socialist Labor in 1986.