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Choreographer, Dancer, Director

Born in 1989, Ilya Jivoy is an award winning Choreographer, Dancer and Director.

Educated in one of the best ballet schools in the world – Vaganova Ballet Academy and having extensive experience performing both classical and modern ballets at the Mariinsky Theater, Ilya Jivoy connects his work with the aesthetics and beauty of the Russian Ballet School. Although he rethinks it, tries to find and discover new facets, experiments with the form and content, as well as uses modern theatrical techniques, combined with the fundamental foundations of classical ballet, neoclassicism, contemporary style and modern choreography. 

The performances of Ilya Jivoy are truly emotional and dynamic, saturated with movement and genuine energy of pure dance. They never leave audience indifferent, forcing them to plunge into the action, experience and feel every emotion together with the artists on stage.

His debut production, the one-act ballet «E2» to music by A. Dvořák, was presented as part of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers at the Mariinsky Theater in 2013 which launched his illustrious career as choreographer. 

While continuing researching and experimenting with the choreographic movements, Ilya Jivoy authored more than twenty different projects in Russia and around the world. He successfully cooperates with international venues, festivals and television projects on a regular basis, creating performances which are highly respected for their crossover of neoclassical and contemporary dance. His works already occupy a major place in the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theater and are shown all over the world include Germany, Switzerland, USA, Japan, Spain and many others.

High quality of performance, author’s style and attention to detail, the use of modern technologies and solutions for the decoration of the performance – these are the distinctive features of the works of Ilya Jivoy.

“I am very interested in everything new and unusual, and I try to integrate this into my performances. The use of video design, digital technology, complex light and, of course, modern costume design are all very important today. But the most important thing is the performers. I am a perfectionist and I pay a lot of attention to images and work on plastic. The viewer must believe the artist, I must believe .. “

For his work, Ilya Jivoy was awarded the “Hope of Russia” award, he is a laureate of the highest theatrical prize of St. Petersburg “Golden Soffit”, the prize of the “Union of Theater Figures of Russia”, was nominated for the highest theatrical prize of Russia “Golden Mask».

Since 2013 Ilya Jivoy has worked as a choreographer:
E2 to music by Antonin Dvorak (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2013)
N.M.H.A to music by Sigur Ros (Bolshoi theatre, Russia, 2013)
Adulte to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2014)
Connections to music by Johann Sebastian Bach (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2015)
SeasonS to music by Max Richter (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2016)
The Dreamers to music of Duft Punk (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2017)
An Awesome wave to music by Alt-j (VKIBC, New-York, USA, 2017)
The Four Seasons to music by Max Richter (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2017)
A Flashback to music by Arvo Pärt (London Coliseum, UK, 2018)
Pulcinella to music by Igor Stravinsky (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2018)
I’m not scared to music by Ezio Bosso (Origen Festival Cultural, Juliertheatre, Switzerland, 2018)
Jeu de cartes to music by Igor Stravinsky (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2019)
House of memories to music by Max Richter (Origen Festival Cultural, Juliertheatre, Switzerland, 2019)
The Journey to music by Max Richter (M. Dzhalil Academic State Opera and Ballet Theatre Kazan, Russia, 2019)
Sous la Coupole to music by Gustav Mahler (Munich Philharmonic, Germany, 2020)
Touch the light to music by Philip Glass (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2020)
Two Rooms to music by Max Richter (“Grand ballet” TV show, Russia, 2020)
Adulte to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart (TanzTeatr Ekaterinburg, Russia, 2020)
The Snow Maiden (opera) to music by Nikolai Rimsky- Korsakov (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2020)
Christmas Eve (opera) to music by Nikolai Rimsky- Korsakov (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2020)
The Prince to music by Travis Lake (Benois de la Danse, Bolshoi theatre, Russia, 2021)
Re- Birth to music by Max Richter (Factoria Cultural de Terrassa, Spain, 2021)
On My Way to music by A Winged Victory for the Sullen (Factoria Cultural de Terrassa, Spain, 2021)
Fatum to music by Max Richter (Origen Festival Cultural, Riom Castle, Switzerland, 2021)
BA//CH to music by Johann Sebastian Bach recomposed by Peter Gregson (Origen Festival Cultural, Juliertheatre, Switzerland, 2022)
UNIO to music by Peteris Vasks (Kammerballetten Festival, Operaen, Copenhagen, Denmark, 2022)
CARMINA BURANA to music by Carl Orff (Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre, Georgia, 2022)