Maria Alexandrova - Biography
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Maria Alexandrova

Principal Dancer


"Alexandrova’s Kitri is a spicy, carefree beauty any Basilio or Don would fight for, yet she is by no means a cheap tart, as some dancers prefer to think of the character. Perhaps untypical of the traditional Bolshoi dancer, but all the more characteristic of the new generation in this company, there was always enough classical polish to temper the bravura, preventing the ballet from turning into a mere display of continuous circus tricks".
By Marc Haegeman

"The bright star among the soloists is certainly Maria Alexandrova, who infuses her perfectly shaped classical style with contemporary energy".
By Anna Kisselgoff

Born in Moscow. In 1997, being a student of Moscow Choreographic Academy, where she studied under Sophia Golovkina, Alexandrova won a Gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Moscow. In a very short time after that she joined the Bolshoi Ballet. Durig her first season at the Bolshoi theatre she was entrusted with solo parts. Next season she was promoted to soloist. In 2004, she became a principal dancer. It was for the first time when public declaration of promoting happened.

Her permanent coach is Tatiana Golikova.

Main Repertory for Bolshoi Theatre

Queen of the Ball (Fantasy on the Casanova Theme to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart. Mikhail Lavrovsky production)
1st variation grand pas (Don Quixote Yuri Grigorovich production)
Myrtha (Giselle Vladimir Vasiliev production)
Maid of Honour (The Sleeping Beauty Yuri Grigorovich production)

A street dancer (Don Quixote)
Fairy of Generosity (The Sleeping Beauty)
Soloist (Dreams about Japan Alexei Ratmansky production)

all the variations in The Shadows (La Bayadere Yuri Grigorovich production)
Dryad/Three Dryads (Don Quixote)
Soloist Part 4 (Symphony in C) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre
Mazur (Chopiniana)
Horse (The Humpbacked Horse Music by Rodion Shchedrin. Nikolai Androsov production)

The Empress (Russian Hamlet to music by Ludwig Van Beethoven and Gustav Mahler. Creation by Boris Eifman)
Kitri (Don Quixote Alexei Fadeyechev production)
Ramze - creation, Congo (La Fille du Pharaon Production by Pierre Lacotte after Marius Petipa)
Gamzatti (La Bayadere)

11th Waltz (Chopiniana)
Friend to the Prince, Spanish Bride (Swan Lake Yuri Grigorovich production)

Aegina (Spartacus)
Title role (La Sylphide Choreography by August Bournonville)

Balerina (The Bright Stream. Music by Dmitry Shostakovich. Alexei Ratmansky creation)
Clemence (Raymonda Yuri Grigorovich production)
Esmeralda (Notre-Dame de Paris Rolan Petit production)
Mekhmene Banu (A Legend of Love Music by Arif Melikov. Yuri Grigorovich production)
Aspicia (La Fille du Pharaon)
Juliet (Romeo and Juliet Declan Donnelan and Radu Poklitary creation)

Lilac Fair (The Sleeping Beauty)
Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux
Lea (Lea to music by Leonard Bernstein. Alexei Ratmansky production)
Hermia (A Midnight's Summer Dream John Neumeier production) - creation at Bolshoi Theatre

Miller's Wife (Le Tricorne Music by Manuel de Falla. Choreography by Leonide Massine) - creation in Russia
Odette-Odile (Swan Lake)
Soloist (Jeu de cards Music by Igor Stravinsky. Alexei Ratmansky сreation)
Title role (Raymonda)

Carmen (Carmen Suite; choreography by Alberto Alonso)

Soloist (Misericordes to music by Arvo Part. Christopher Wheeldon сreation)
Soloist (In the Upper Room. Music by Philip Glass. Choreography by Twyla Tharp)
Medora (Le Corsaire. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky and Yuri Burlaka after Marius Petipa)
Class Concert (to music by different composers; choreography by Asaf Messerer)
Pupil (Georges Delerue's The Lesson; choreography by Flemming Flindt) 2008
Jeanne (Boris Asfiev's The Flames of Paris. Production and new choreography by Alexei Ratmansky after Vasily Vainonen)


In 1997, she won 1st prize at International Ballet Competition in Moscow.
In 1999, she received Soul of Dance Prize in the category "Rising Stars" from Ballet Magazine.
In 2004, she became a recipient of The Golden Mask Award for her performance in The Bright Stream.
In 2005, she was awarded the title of Merited Artist of the Russian Federation.
In 2009, she was awarded the title of People's Artist of the Russian Federation.

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