Biography of Vladimir Ivanovich Ponomarev (1892-1951)

Dancer, choreographer, teacher, teacher of ballet and Russian artistic director, born in Petersburgo on July 22, 1892 and died in Budapest on March 21, 1951.

He graduated at the school of the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg in 1910. That same year he/she debuted with the Marinsky Theatre. During 1911-12 danced with the Ballets Russes de Diaghilev. In 1912 he/she entered the Gosudarstvenny Akademichesky Teatr Oper and combined his work of dancer with the Professor of the school of the Imperial Theatre from 1913 until his death. He/She premiered the role of Prince Adam in the fountain of Bakhchisarai (1934) of Rostislav Zakharov, and together with Lopokov and Leontiev choreographed Krasny Mak (Glière, 1929). He/She was a Repeater of the Kirov Ballet and teacher of great figures, including Galina Ulanova, Vakhtang Chabukiani and Leonid Lavrovsky. He/She also worked as an Assistant to artistic director of the Kirov Ballet from 1935 to 1938, and directed the Ballet of the Maly Theatre in the 1938-39 season. He/She was in charge of the advanced classes for the Ballet of the Opera of Hungary in Budapest. He/She was awarded the title of meritorious artist of the USSR in 1934.