Vaziev Makhar

Vaziev Makhar

Classical Ballet / Artistic Director

Makhar Vaziev was born in 1961 in Alagir, a North Ossetia town in the Caucasus Mountains situated on the Russian border with Georgia. His original name is Makharbeq.

In 1973 he was admitted to the “Agrippina Vaganova” Academy in Saint Petersburg (class Yury Umrikin) and graduated in 1981 and joined Kirov Ballet (present Mariinsky Ballet). He was promoted to soloist in 1986 and to principal dancer in 1989.

Between April 1995 and March 2008 Mr Vaziev was the director the Kirov Ballet of the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg. During those 13 years the repertory of the company, considered to be “the home of Marius Petipa”, grew substantially to include works of the major choreographers of the 20th century: George Balanchine (The Prodigal Son, Apollo, Theme and Variations, Jewels, T, Serenade, La Valse), Hans van Manen, John Neumeier, William Forsythe, Harald Lander (Études), Kenneth MacMillan, Pierre Lacotte (Ondine) and David Dawson (Reverence). During his directorship some ballets by Marius Petipa were reconstructed after the originals in Stepanov notation.

Makhar Vaziev also supported the rising generation of Russian choreographers, amongst whom Alexei Ratmansky, Alexei Miroshnichenko and Kirill Simonovas well as new generation of dancers such as Uliana Lopatkina, Diana Vishneva, Daria Pavlenko, Viktoria Tereshkina, Olesia Novikova, Evgenia Obraztsova, Alina Somova, Igor Kolb, Andrian Fadeyev, Leonid Sarafanov and Vladimir Shklyarov.


«In a world of inspiration» (movie-concert) 1989

«The Last Tarantella (film)» (telebalet) 1992 Petropolis, Accord-film

Honoured Artist of Russia 2002

“Spirit of Dance” prize in the “Knight of Dance” category 2002

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  • Mariinsky/Kirov Ballet
    St. Petersburg
  • La Scala Ballet