Leonid Sarafanov is coming to the Mikhailovsky Ballet
Leonid Sarafanov: “My coming to the Mikhailovsky Theatre is my conscious decision. I feel I have some capabilities, which are difficult to enhance in traditional repertory. I expect that at the Mikhailovsky Ballet led by Nacho Duato. I’ll be able to experience some new artistic quality. I’ve always been interested in contemporary choreography, experimenting with new plastique and I’m inspired and encouraged by the perspectives I see at the Mikhailovsky Theatre.”
In 2000 Sarafanov graduated from the Kiev State School of Choreography and in 2002 joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company. He’s a guest principal with the Teatro alla Scala (Milan), Tokyo Ballet, The Vienna State Opera. He performs principal roles in classical and contemporary repertory. He has been recognized for his artistic excellence at the international ballet competitions in Seoul (2004), Moscow (2001), Budapest (2001), Paris (2000). In 2006 he was awarded the International Benois de la Danse Prize.