Valentin Elizariev, Choreographer

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Valentin Elizariev, Choreographer

Belarusian ballet master Valentine Elizariev has won all the awards which a Soviet theatrical figure could count on. He is a National Artist of Belarus and the USSR, the laureate of numerous state prizes, a companion of orders. For many years he ran the Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theater of the Republic of Belarus.

But what the older generation remembers are not the academic performances of the leading Belarusian choreographer. Having become the head of the Belarusian ballet troupe when he was 26, Elizariev was famous for daring, often provocative productions of plays such as “The Creation of the World”, “Carmina Burana”, “Till Eulenspiegel”, “The Rite of Spring”. Today his work is perceived as a modern classic, but the Belarusian musical theatre still has not been able to offer its viewers anything of a higher standard.

Now Professor of the Belarusian State Academy of Music, Valentin Elizariev is still a welcome guest on many stages of the world. He produces plays in Japan and Vietnam, Poland and Turkey, Slovenia and Russia. He receives invitations to be a jury member of international contests. But there is no doubt that the most precious thing for the former chief choreographer of the Belarusian stage would be a new production in his home theatre.

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Author: Handbook on Belarus for International journalists