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MARIUS PETIPA

Being the head of the Petersburg Imperial Theaters for more than forty years, Petipa indeed created not only about a hundred ballets and dances in dozens of operas, but also the principles and values of the modern system of classical ballet. He generalized and synthesized all the experience accumulated by the art of ballet through the two centuries of its professional existence.

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Jean-Christophe Maillot

As a choreographer, Jean-Christophe Maillot combines dance with theatre, makes it enter the ring under a big top, evolve into the arena of visual arts, is fuelled by the most diverse scores and explores different forms of literature... His repertoire draws from the world of art in the broadest sense. Over 30 years he created more than 60 pieces. 

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Edward Clug

Artistic director of SNG Maribor and choreographer, whose ballets are in demand all over the world. His choreography often has an abstract and minimalistic nature, showing a deep research in dance language. Clug also uses classical plots for absolutely nonstandard interpretations – including unexpected choice of music.

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Krzysztof Pastor

Glorious master of narrative plastique, director of the Polish National Ballet, resident choreographer of the Dutch National Ballet, initiator of the "Creative Impulse" project. His ballets win prestigious prizes all around the world, and he himself is coveted as a jury member by numerous international dance competitions.

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David Dawson

British choreographer David Dawson is one of the most innovative dance makers working in classical ballet today. His personal choreographic style transforms classical ballet in new ways, and his signature works are atmospheric, emotionally physical, abstract/narrative pieces that have been praised by critics and audiences worldwide.

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Sergey Vikharev

Vikharev was not a choreographer in the true sense of the word, he did not create the original choreography. He was not a creator, but he was a keeper of the school’s traditions. In this sense, Vikharev belonged to the same profession as Petipa, and it would be more correct to call him a ballet master.
 

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Jose Antonio Ruiz

José Antonio Ruiz is one of the most famous Spanish contemporary choreographers, who devoted his entire life to the development of Spanish dance.
 
 
 

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Hans van Manen

An acknowledged master of contemporary choreography. One of the few ballet masters who has successfully popularized contemporary dance with techniques that combine classical ballet, modern choreography and other schools. The creator of more than 120 works, performed by 40 companies across the globe.
 

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Alexander Ekman

He is known for his fast paced timing and witty humor and clever transitions. He aims to create work which the majority can connect to, finding subjects that we can all relate to. He aims to always surprise the audience. “The most important question I always ask myself before I begin creating a new work is, Why do we need this piece?” – says Ekman.

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Johan Inger

Former NDT 1 dancer Johan Inger (Stockholm, 1967) has been an associate choreographer at NDT between 2009 and 2015. In 1995 he made his first choreography for NDT 2. The resulting Mellantidmarked his official debut as a choreographer and was immediately a resounding success.

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Alexei Ratmansky

Both the audience and critics are looking forward to each his creation. All his works are becoming events of the year. The New York Times names him the most promising Russian-born choreographer since Balanchine. His productions are going at the mayor ballet stages all over the world and it is he who opened a new page in the history of the Bolshoi Theatre.

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Christopher Wheeldon

He has been compared to ballet masters George Balanchine and Jerome Robbins. Born in England, he was working on his own inimitable style in New York, founded his own ballet company, became the first Englishman invited to create a new work for the Bolshoi Ballet, and choreographed a piece for the closing ceremony of the London Olympic Games.

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Jeroen Verbruggen

A prodigy dancer who is rapidly establishing his personal style as one of the most interesting and promising choreographers of nowadays. There are all grounds to believe that Jeroen Verbruggen will surprise the choreographic world again and again.
 

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