The Latvian National Ballet

The Latvian National Ballet is the only professional ballet company in Latvia. The more than eighty-year history of Latvian ballet has close ties with the finest traditions of the Russian school of classical ballet. In this way, the classical Russian ballet traditions were passed down from generation to generation, and eventually gave the world such ballet stars as Mikhail Baryshnikov, Māris Liepa, and Alexandr Godunov, each of whom trained right here in Riga.

The Latvian ballet was born on December 1, 1922 (though the company had begun to form much earlier - it was founded in 1918 as a part of Latvian Opera company under the leadership of ballet master Voldemārs Komisārs). That night, the curtain opened on the company’s first full-length production, Peter Ludwig Hertel’s La Fille mal Gardée, which was based on Marius Petipa’s 1885 St. Petersburg production of the work and was staged by Nikolai Sergeyev. In 1920s, ex-prima ballerina of Mariinsky Theatre Alexandra Fyodorova, a member of the renowned Fokin family, began to work as a ballet dancer and choreographer staging many ballet performances on the basis of Marius Petipa, Lev Ivanov, and Mikhail Fokin choreography. Under her direction, the company gained considerable artistic respectability and technical progress. In 1932, Anatole Viltzak, former ballet soloist of Mariinsky Theatre, Serge Diaghilev Russian Ballet Company and other famous European ballet companies, became the head of the LNO Ballet. The talanted dancer and choreographer Osvalds Lēmanis was the chief ballet master of the LNO Ballet in 1934-1944. After the Second World War the ballet was entrusted to Helēna Tangijeva-Birzniece; she had studied in St. Petersburg with the legendary ballet teacher Agrippina Vaganova. Helēna Tangijeva-Birzniece was predecessor of Yevgeny Čanga, Irēna Strode, Aleksandrs Lembergs, Janīna Pankrate, Modris Cers, Lita Beiris in later years, and Aivars Leimanis who is the LNO Ballet Artistic Director since 1993.

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Persons

  • Astreina, Aleksandra
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Avechkin, Aleksei
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Bartuls, Pavels
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Beitika, Baiba
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Bessudnova, Jeļena
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Buharina, Margarita
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Cveks, Mihails
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Demcenko, Vladislava
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Demjanoka, Margarita
    Contemporary dance / Principal
  • Dzalbo, Jeļena
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Fedukovics, Elvijs
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Freimans, Antons
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Germa, Agnese
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Godunova, Evelīna
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Guravska, Sabine
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Gurvica, Julija
    Contemporary dance / Principal
  • Ivanovs, Jans
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Jansone, Viktorija
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Jurans, Aleksandrs
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Karpovica, Margarita
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kirilko, Zigmars
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Kitnere, Kristine
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kleinhofs, Intars
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Kokina, Baiba
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Kolodenko, Nikita
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Komarova, Milana
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Kopstale, Annija
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Latisonoks, Aleksandrs
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Latisonoks, Maksims
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Leimane-Martinova, Elza
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Lieldidzs-Kolbins, Toms
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Lipska, Nataļja
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Lubeja, Jolanta
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Lukasevica, Rita
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Martinovs, Raimonds
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Mergoļda, Valerija
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Mergolds, Zans
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Milbreta-Smite, Jana
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Miyake, Yuka
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Neikshin, Sergei
    Classical Ballet / Principal
  • Osadcijs, Aleksandrs
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Paike, Laine
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Perceva, Ilona
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Prudane, Alise
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Pudans, Andris
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Puhova, Ilana
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Pumpina, Kate
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Racene, Ieva
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Rudzitis, Donats
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Russke, Anna
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Samborska, Nataļja
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Seiko, Viktors
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Seiko, Andrejs
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Skutelskis, Arturs
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Smidta, Marianna
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Sokolovs, Arturs
    Classical Ballet / Soloist
  • Sosnovskis, Sergejs
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Springis, Maris
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Taranova, Karina
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Trautmane, Jevgeņija
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Vanina, Kristine
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Vasilcenko, Tatjana
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Visnape-Trocjuka, Vanda
    Classical Ballet / Dancer
  • Zigis, Ringolds
    Classical Ballet / Soloist