ILYA JIVOY Dancer, choreographer. Ilya graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet specializing in ballet. Later he obtained a master’s degree in choreography from the Vaganova Ballet Academy. He joined the Mariinsky Ballet in 2008.
He has a huge background in performing classical and modern choreography and has appeared in ballets by William Forsythe, Angelin Preljocaj, Paul Lightfoot and Sol León, Dwight Roden, Hans van Manen, and Alexei Ratmansky.
He has been working as a choreographer and stage director since 2013 when he presented his first ballet, miniature “E2”, at the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers at the Mariinsky Theater.
In 2016 Jivoy staged one-act ballet “Seasons” to the music of Max Richter (Recomposed by Max Richter: Vivaldi The Four Seasons). The ballet was a part of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers that year and was a great success. After this the Mariinsky Theater signed a contract with the choreographer to create a two-act ballet to the full score. The resulting ballet “Four Seasons” went on to receive wide recognition and won Russia’s Golden Soffit Award, as well as four nominations for the prestigious Golden Mask Awards (the most prestigious theater award in St. Petersburg).
Now the Mariinsky’s repertoire includes four ballets by Ilya Jivoy which are “Four Seasons”, “Jeu de Cartes” and “Pulcinella” both to the music of Igor Stravinsky and “I’m not Scared” to the music of Ezio Bosso.
Ilya Jivoy is one of the most in demand Russian choreographers of our time with his works being staged in Germany, Switzerland, Japan, England, Spain & Croatia. As a choreographer and stage director he collaborates with the Mariinsky Theater (Russia), Origen Festival Cultural (Switzerland), Teatrum Vitae (England), is involved in the Alya Parusa (Scarlet Sails) festival in St Petersburg, Russia.
Jivoy creates vibrant, dynamic and incredibly emotional performances, works in various choreographic styles and applies outstanding directorial techniques.
Ilia possesses a truly unique vision and his works can be easily recognized by the elegant realization of this vision in his creations by the virtuous choreography coupled with the aesthetics of the Russian ballet school which greatly distinguishes his works from others.
Since 2013 Ilya Jivoy has worked as a choreographer: E2 to music by Antonin Dvorak (Mariinsky 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) The Four Seasons to music by Max Richter (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2017) A Flashback to music by Arvo Pärt (Coliseum, UK, 2018) Pulcinella to music by Igor Stravinsky (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2018) I’m not scared to music by Ezio Bosso (Juliertheatre, Switzerland, 2018) Jeu de cartes to music by Igor Stravinsky (Mariinsky theatre, Russia, 2019) House of memories to music by Max Richter (Juliertheatre, Switzerland, 2019) The Journey to music by Max Richter (M. Dzhalil Academic State Opera and Ballet Theatre, Kazan, 2019)
In 2018, Ilya Jivoy’s production of The Four Seasons ballet was nominated for 4 Golden Mask Awards in Russia.
In 2018, his production of The Four Seasons ballet was honored with St. Petersburg Higher Theatre Award Golden Sofit as the “Best performance of the Year”.
Tours: The Four Seasons 2018- Primorsky Stage of the Mariinsky Theatre, Vladivostok, Russia 2018- Festspielhaus Baden-Baden, Germany 2019- Zaryadye Hall Moscow, Russia 2019- Granada International Festival of music and dance, Festival Castell de Peralada, Spain 2019- Dubrovnik Summer Festival, Croatia
A Flashback 2018- Tokyo Bunka Kaikan, Japan 2019- Mariinsky Theatre, Russia 2019- Alexandrinsky Theatre, Russia 2019- Zaryadye Hall Moscow, Russia
I’m not scared 2019- Origen Cultural Festival , Juliertheatre, Switzerland 2019- Mariinsky Theatre, Russia 2019- Zaryadye Hall Moscow, Russia