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Alexei Fadeechev is artistic director and chief ballet-master of the Rostov State Musical Theatre Ballet Company, a post he has held since December 2004.
Alexei Fadeechev was born in Moscow. His father was Nikolai Fadeechev, the legendary ballet dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre, an outstanding performer of classical ballet and partner of the great ballerinas Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya.
In 1978 Alexei graduated from the Moscow Academic Choreography School where he attended the class of the celebrated ballet pedagogue Alexander Prokofiev. He took his first leading role, Franz in Coppelia by Delibes, when he was still a student.
Alexei joined the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Company, where Nikolai Fadeechev became his tutor. Under the direction of his father, all the great roles of the classic repertoire - Prince Siegfried Swan Lake, Albert Giselle, Prince Desiré The Sleeping Beauty, Ivan IV Ivan the Terrible, Spartacus Spartacus, the Prince The Nutcracker, Romeo Romeo and Juliet and many others - were prepared and performed by Alexei.
"Alexei Fadeechev never repeats himself in his roles and turns each of them into an individual character. His dance is brilliant and captivating..." - noted the American critic Clive Barnes.
Alexei Fadeechev worked with the Royal Ballet in Great Britain in 1990-1991, where he performed the leading roles in The Prince of the Pagodas and Romeo and Juliet staged by MacMillan and the role of the Prince from The Nutcracker staged by Peter Wright.
"The Prince created by Fadeechev is the best. The pathos of his insight into the role and the variety of forms he used to draw the lines of MacMillan's choreography are incomparable..." - the critics wrote after the first performance of The Prince of the Pagodas at Covent Garden.
Alexei Fadeechev has also danced at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Danish Royal Ballet, the National Ballet of the Netherlands, the National Ballet of Finland, the National Ballet of Portugal, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Boston Ballet and others.
From 1998 till 2000 Fadeechev was artistic director of the Bolshoi Theatre ballet company. During this period the Bolshoi Theatre received two Golden Mask awards (Russian's prestigious national theatre award) for best ballet performances: for staging Dreams of Japan (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) and Agon, Symphony in C (choreography by George Balanchine). Fadeechev staged his version of the ballet Don Quixote which was recognized on the influential ballet website, Ballet.co, as the best ballet performance in London in 1999, and which enjoyed great success in Moscow and on international tours.
In November 2000, together with Nina Ananiashvili, Fadeechev formed The Alexei Fadeechev Dance Theatre, whose productions include the ballet Green and Opus X staged by Stanton Welsh, Second Before The Ground, staged by Trey McIntyre, and the most recent first night of the company was Leah (choreography by Ratmansky), which was nominated in three categories for the prize in Golden Mask 2002.
In 2004 Fadeechev staged the ballets Don Quixote at the Rostov State Musical Theatre, and Swan Lake and Don Quixote at the Z. Paliashvili Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet in Tbilisi.
Alexei Fadeechev has been honoured with the title People"s Artist of Russia.