For its 2017 edition VIVA MAÏA bring on stage worldwide principal dancers



Ivan VasSiliev

Born in Vladivostok, he studied at the Dnepropetrovsk Ballet School in Ukraine and later at the Belarus State Ballet School in Minsk, graduating in 2006. While still a student, Vasiliev danced Basilio in Don Quixote and Ali in Le Corsaire with the Belarus National Ballet. In 2006, he was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet as a Soloist, making his debut with the Company, at the age of 17, as Basilio in Don Quixote. He was promoted to Principal Dancer in 2010. In 2011, he joined the Mikhailovsky Ballet as a Principal Dancer. Vasiliev’s repertoire with the Mikhailovsky includes principal roles in Don Quixote, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Juliet, La Fille mal gardée, La Bayadère, Laurencia, La Sylphide, The Flames of Paris, Le Halte de cavalerie, and Class Concert. His awards include medals at the international ballet competitions in Varna, Moscow, and Perm. He is also the winner of the Triumph Youth Prize, British Critics’ Circle National Dance Awards in the category Spotlight and as Best Male Dancer, and the Benois de la Danse Award for his performance in Le Corsaire and The Flames of Paris (2009). In 2011, he received Grand Prix at the International Dance Open Festival. In 2014, he was awarded the title of Honored Artist of Russia.

In 2012–2013, Ivan Vasiliev was a Principal Dancer with American Ballet Theatre (ABT). In 2014, he took part in the closing ceremony of the Winter Olympics in Sochi (Natasha Rostova’s First Ball scene). In 2015, Ivan Vasiliev made his debut as a choreographer: at the Barvikha Luxury Village he premiered his Ballet № 1. In 2016, he staged three one-act ballets — Morphine, Blind Affair, and Bolero — which are included in the repertoire of the Mikhailovsky Theatre. In May 2016, Vasiliev’s ballet Love is All Around premiered at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow.

Friedmann vogel

Friedemann Vogel was born in Stuttgart. He received his ballet training at the John Cranko Schule in Stuttgart and subsequently received the John Gilpin scholarship to study with Marika Besobrasova at the Académie de Danse Classique Princesse Grasse in Monaco. 

He showed his outstanding talent by winning awards at several internatonal ballet competitions. In 1997, he won the Prix de Lausanne, the Junior Gold medal at the Prix de Luxembourg and at the Eurocity Competition in Italy. In the following year he successfully took part in the International Ballet Competition in Jackson, USA. In 2002 he also won the much-coveted Erik-Bruhn-Prize for young dancers in Toronto with the Pas de deux from In the Middle, Somewhat Elevated (William Forsythe). In 2005 he was named several times in the category “Outstanding Dancer” in the critics’ choice of the magazine ballettanz and again in 2009. In 2010 he was appointed “Dancer of the year” by the magazine tanz, in the critics’ choice 2014 of that same magazine he was named in the category “Dancer of the year”. In the critics’ choice 2014 of the magazine Dance Europe he was named twice as „Outstanding Dancer“. In September 2012 he has been awarded the „Positano Premio la Danza – Leonide Massine“ as best international male dancer.

At the beginning of the season 1998/99 he became a member of the Corps de ballet at the Stuttgart Ballet. He was promoted Demi Soloist in 2000/01 and to Soloist at the beginning of the next season. Since June 2002 Friedemann Vogel is Principal Dancer with the Stuttgart Ballet. 

Guest performances and tours with the Stuttgart Ballet lead him amongst others to the Scala in Milano, to the Staatsballet Berlin, the Finnish National Ballet, the National Ballet of China and to the Marijnsky Theater as well as to several Galas and guest performances in Asia. In 2007, he received major critical acclaim when guesting at the English National Ballet as Prince Siegfried in Derek Deane’s Swan Lake and again in 2009 as Daria Klimentová’s partner in MacMillan’s Manon. In June 2012 Friedemann Vogelreceived the Danza&Danza-Award as Best Dancer, amongst others for his interpretation of Jean de Brienne in Raymonda (Sergej Vikharev) at the Scala in Milan in October 2011.

In September 2015 he was awarded the national title of "Kammertänzer". In 2016 he received the "Prix MAYA".

Francois Alu
aris National Opera Ballet  - France

Born in 1993 in Saint Doulchard, François Alu begins his training at the Academie de danse de Fussy, under the direction of his mother, Christine Henry, then integrates the Opera de Paris dance school in 2004.
Endowed with real technical and athletic opportunities as well as a strong energy, he quickly gets noticed and is engaged in the Paris Opera ballet at 16een years old and is awarded by the A.R.O.P. best newcomer in dance . In 2012, he distinguishes himself as the Idole Dorée inBayadere (Rudolf Noureev), and le Chef des Mendiants in the Histoire de Manon (Kenneth MacMillan). During the same year, he is awarded by the Cercle Carpeaux and A.R.O.P. award for dance. He is promoted as Sujet and is noticed as Basilio, the main character of Don Quichotte (Rudolf Noureev). In 2013, he danced the Chef Bandit in Carmen (Roland Petit), and is promoted for the 3rd time  (Premier Danseur) , and dances in particular  Blue bird in the Sleeping Beauty.

During these years, he has established a passionate relationship with his publicwho applause his new roles  that he performs with  his natural and personal energy and virtuosity creating a really personnel and dramatic interpretation. He dances Siegfried in Swan Lake, Solor in Bayadere, Rouge Brique in Dances at a Gathering (Jerome Robbins), Mercutio in Romeo and Juliette, Frollo in Notre-Dame-de-Paris (Roland Petit), Lescaut in the Histoire de Manon (Kenneth MacMillan), Colas in La Fille mal gardée (Frederick Ashton) and main roles in Theme and Variations (George Balanchine) and Etudes (Harald Lander). In 2016, he takes part to the creation of William Forsythe at the Paris Opera.

He performs with 3e etage group since 2011, in France and abroad, in particular at Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur (Québec), Teatro Coliseo de Buenos-Aires,  Jacob's Pillow (USA). He performs William Forsythe, Ben van Cauwenbergh, Raul Zeummes et Samuel Murez.

Anna Blackwell
Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

Born in Manchester, United Kingdom, in 1990, she  studied dance at the Central School of Ballet from 2006 to 2009.
She becomes professional dancer in 2009 in Northern Ballet where she performs during 2 seasons much of the classical and neoclassical repertoire.
She develops her performing of contemporary plays by joining the National Ballet of Portugal from 2011 to 2013.
In 2013, she joined Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot and she danced in some of his works: Vers un Pays Sage, CHORE, Altro Canto, Faust, Casse-Noisette Compagnie. She danced the leading roles of The Stepmother and one of the Sisters in Cinderella, Her Majesty the Night in LAC, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, The Lilac Fairy in La Belle. She also collaborated with guest choreographers : William Forsythe in New Sleep, Natalia Horecna in Tales absurd, fatalistic visions predominate (principal role).

Denys Cherevychko
Ballet National de Vienne - AutricHE

© Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn

© Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn

Denys Cherevychko was born in Donetsk (Ukraine). He was educated at the Ballet Academy of Vadim Pisarev in his home town as well as at the Heinz-Bosl-Foundation/Ballet Academy in Munich. In 2006 he joined the Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper und Volksoper, in 2008 he was appointed Demi-soloist, in 2009 Soloist and in 2012 First Soloist of the Wiener Staatsballett.


He has appeared as guest dancer in many European Countries and overseas.

Awards and honours: 2nd Prize: Competition of Young Dancers in Kiev (2004), 1st Prize: Serge Lifar Competition in Kiev (2004), 1st Prize: Tanzolymp in Berlin (2005), Silver medal (juniors): USA International Ballet Competition in Jackson (2006), 1st Prize: ÖTR contest in Vienna (2007), Promotion prize of the Wiener Staatsballett (2007), Gold medal and first prize: 25. International Ballet Competition in Varna (2012). Nomination for the Prix Benois de la Danse for his performance in “The Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude” (2011).

Maria Eichwald

She was born in Talgar, Kazakhstan. She received her first ballet training at the National Ballet School in Alma-Ata. After her graduation she joined the National Ballet of Kazakhstan where she was soon promoted to Principal Dancer. In 1994 she moved to Germany and danced in the ballet company of the Theatre Krefeld-Mönchengladbach in the Corps de ballet and later as Soloist until 1996. 
At the beginning of the season 1996/97 she joined the Bavarian State Ballet Munich as Soloist. In 1999 she was promoted to Principal Dancer.

With the Bavarian State Ballet Maria Eichwald guested all around the world. In the season 2000/01 she was invited by Alicia Alonso to dance with the Cuban National Ballet. In June 2001 she danced at a benefit gala, in the same year she danced at the “Gala Les Etoiles du XXme Siècle” in Paris together with Alen Bottaini. For her interpretations of the title role in Manon (Kenneth MacMillan) and of Kitri in Don Quijote (Marius Petipa) she was nominated for the Prix Benois 2002. During a dancers’ exchange she danced the title role in Manon (Kenneth MacMillan) at the Royal Danish Ballet (April 2003). 

In January 2004 Maria Eichwald joined the Stuttgart Ballet as Principal Dancer. She has joined the Stuttgart Ballet on tours all around the world and is a highly sought-after guest at international galas and ballet companies.

In 2006 she was named in the category “Outstanding Dancer” in the critics’ choice of the maagzine ballettanz for the role of Olimpia which Christian Spuck created on her in The Sandman. In the years 2010, 2011 and 2012 namings in this category followed for the leading role in Siebte Sinfonie (Uwe Scholz), for Tatiana in Oneginas well as for Katharina in The Taming of the Shrew (both: John Cranko). In April 2012 the XI. St. Peterburg International Ballet Award Dance Open took place and Maria Eichwald who was dancing a Pas de deux from John Cranko’s The Taming of the Shrew with Filip Barankiewicz was awarded “Ms Expressivity“. In June 2012 Maria Eichwald was invited to the Nurejev-Gala at the Vienna State Ballet and danced – together with artistic director Manuel Legris – as Pas de deux from John Cranko’s Onegin. 

In 2012 Maria Eichwald received the Danza&Danza-Award as Best Female Dancer a.o. for her performance of Tatiana in John Cranko’s Onegin at the Scala in Milan.

Maria Daniela González Muñoz

Osiel Gouneo
Ballet National de BAVIERE - ALLEMAGNE

Cuban native Osiel Gouneo, although still quite young, is already a celebrity of the international dance scene and renowned for his jumping power and outstanding technique. After three years with the Norwegian National Ballet, he is now a Principal Dancer with the Bayerisches Staatsballett. Born in 1990 in Matanzas, Cuba, he began his training at the Cuban National Ballet School in Havana in 2005. In 2008 he joined the Cuban National Ballet, where he was appointed a Principal dancer in 2011. He danced in performance spaces such as the Coliseum in London, the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow and the Lincoln Center in New York.


Lali Kandelaki
Ballet et Opera National  Z.Paliashvili - Tbilisi- Gerorgie

Born in Tbilisi, Georgia. Graduated from Vakhtang Chabukiani  Ballet Art State School  under tutorship of Vakhtang Chabukiani, Nina Didebulidze and Margarita Grishkevich.

Kandelaki’s debut at Tbilisi Z.Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Professional State Theatre stage was held in Sergei Prokofiev’s Cinderella (staging by George Aleksidze). Soon her repertory expanded to new roles including Odette-Odile (Swan Lake); Gamzatti (La Bayadere); Javara (Gorda); Kitri (Don Quixote).
 She was leading dancer of all George Aleksidze’s ballets. Aleksidze’s Symphonic Dances significantly contributed to her remarkable success at 1997 Edinburgh International Festival.

Lali Kandelaki is a laureate of XIX Varna International Ballet Competition, where she achieved gold and first prize in 2000.

In 1997 Kandelaki became principal dancer of Mersin Opera and Ballet Theatre in Turkey; She played parts in N. Maghalashvili’s following stagings: Carmen (Carmen Suite), Bess (Porgy and Bess), Giselle (Giselle), Medora (Le Corasaire), Scheherazade, Nurida (One thousand and one nights), Juliette (Romeo and Juliette).

From January 2003 she became leading soloist of Budapest “Art Ballet” (Gerard Michelle Bobotie Company).

From September 2003 she is prima ballerina at Tbilisi Z.Paliashvili Opera and Ballet Professional State Theatre.

Mikhail Lobukhin

Born in Saint Petersburg (then Leningrad). In 2002, he graduated from the the Vaganova Ballet Academy (Saint Petersburg). Received a Diploma Certificate Bachelor of Arts with honors (teacher Boris Bregvadze), that same year he was admitted to the ballet of the Marinsky Theatre.

In January 2010, joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company (teachers Mikhail Lavrovsky and Valery Lagunov).

He became a regular participant of the Russian Seasons of the XXI Century project, hosted by charity foundation in the name of Marisa Liepa, SAV entertainment company and The Kremlin Ballet. New seasons are designed to restore new life to the once-famous staging of the legendary Sergei Diaghilev repertoire — Russian Seasons of the XX century. Lobukhin became the first performer of the role of Vicomte de Beaugency/Rinaldo in N. Tcherepnin Le Pavillon d’Armide (director A. Liepa, choreography by Y. Smoriginas), which premiered in 2009 at the State Kremlin Palace. In March 2011 he preformed as a Soloist at the premiere held in Théâtre des Champs-Élysées in Paris, of Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor opera by A. Borodin. As part of this project he toured several cities — in 2010, he performed in Paris (Théâtre des Champs-Élysées) and in Russian cities such as Yaroslavl, Nizhny Novgorod and Tula.

Anna Nikulina

Born in Moscow. In 2002, she completed her training at the Moscow State Academy of Choreography with distinction and joined the Bolshoi Ballet Company. In 2004, at the age of 19, she danced Odette-Odile for the first time.

In the same year she she was a recipient of a Triumph youth grant prize.

Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo

Born in Santa Cruz, California, in 1984, he trained on scholarship at the School of American Ballet and Pacific Northwest Ballet School. 
In 2003, he joined Pacific Northwest, was promoted to soloist in 2007, and principal in 2008. During his career in the United States, he performed the classical: Giselle, Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Cinderella, Romeo et Juliette, Sleeping Beauty, The Merry Widow and Nutcracker. He has also performed lead roles in numerous ballets including: George Balanchine’s Agon, The Four Temperaments, Emeralds, A Midsummer Night’s Dream (Oberon), Prodigal Son, Rubies, Serenade, La Sonnambula, Square Dance, Symphony in C, Symphony in Three Movements, Theme and Variations, and La Valse; Val Caniparoli’s The Bridge and Torque; David Dawson’s A Million Kisses to my Skin; Ulysses Dove’s Dancing on the Front Porch of Heaven, Red Angels, and Serious Pleasures; Nacho Duato’s Jardí Tancat; Willam Forsythe’s In the middle somewhat elevated and One Flat Thing, reproduced; Jiri Kylian’s Petite Mort; Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Cylindrical Shadows; Benjamin Millepied’s 3 Movements; Mark Morris’ A Garden and Pacific; Victor Quijada’s Mating Theory and Suspension of Disbelief; Alexei Ratmansky’s Concerto DSCH; Jerome Robbins’ The Concert, Dances at a Gathering, Glass Pieces, In the Night, and West Side Story Suite (Riff, Tony); Susan Stroman’s TAKE FIVE…More or Less; Glen Tetley’s The Rite of Spring; Twyla Tharp’s Afternoon Ball, In the Upper Room, Opus 111, and Waterbaby Bagatelles; and Christopher Wheeldon’s Polyphonia.

After nearly 10 years of performing in the States he left in 2012 to join Les Ballets de Monte-Carlo in 2012 directed by Jean-Christophe Maillot where he danced in several major choreographies including : La Belle, Cendrillon, Romeo et Juliette, Vers un Pays Sage, LAC, CHORÉ, Casse-Noisette Compagnie (Fritz).

He is the recipient of the 2003 Level II Award for ballet in the National Foundation for the Advancement in the Art’s Arts Recognition and Talent Search. He received a Princess Grace Award in 2008

Lucien Postlewaite is a founding member of Seattle based contemporary dance company, Whim W’Him. He has performed as a guest artist with the New York City Ballet and has appeared in Galas around the US as well as in China and Japan.

Denis Rodkin

Born in Moscow. In 2009 he graduated from the dance school of the Gzhel Moscow State Academic Dance Theatre and joined the Bolshoi Ballet.
Has rehearsed under Nikolai Tsiskaridze. The dancer is currently coached by Yuri Vladimirov. Having first appeared in coryphée and character roles, today the dancer performs lead roles in the ballets Spartacus, Anyuta, Swan Lake and Don Quixote.
In January 2014 he appeared at the Mariinsky Theatre as José in the ballet Carmen-Suite (with Svetlana Zakharova as Carmen) as part of a gala marking the anniversary of prima ballerina and coach Olga Moiseyeva, People’s Artist of the USSR.

2014 – Soul of Dance Prize in the Rising Star category from Ballet Magazine.
2016 – Oleg Yankovsky Prize from Bosco di Ciliegi Festival.
2017 — he was voted The Best Dancer of the Year (2016) by the Italian Danza & Danza magazine.

Lydie Vareilhes
Paris National Opéra Ballet - France

Born in Paris in 1989, she graduates in the Opéra de Paris dance school from 1998 and integrates the Opera de Paris Ballet in 2007. She is nominated Coryphée in 2012, and Sujet in 2016.
She takes part with enthusiasm in various project, mainly when they offer her opportunities to discover new artistic world and to use her creativity. She usually performs out of the Paris Opera in different styles, ballet, contemporary, creations, events, and videos.

For the Opera de Paris, she danced in  Le pas de deux des Vendangeurs (Giselle, Coralli/Perrot), In the Middle, somewhat elevatedPas./Parts, Approximate Sonata et Herman Schmerman (William Forsythe),Tar and feathers, Kaguyhaime et Symphonie des Psaumes (Jiri Kylian), AndréAuria (Edouard Lock), Polyphonia (Christopher Wheeldon), Verklarte Nacht (Anne Teresa de Keersmaeker), The season's canon (Cristal Pite), Genus et Tree of Codes (Wayne McGregor) as well asRudolf Noureev’s  (Pastorale de Casse-Noisette, Chatte Blanche et 2 fées de la Belle au bois dormant), Kenneth MacMillan, Pierre Lacotte, Alexei Ratmansky, Benjamin Millepied, Birgit Cullberg, Maurice Béjart, Roland Petit, Merce Cunningham, Frederick Ashton, Jerome Robbins, and Vaslav Nijinksy.

In 2017, she dances in Tree of codes at the Sadlers's Well in London, in Herman Schmerman and works on the last creation of Nicolas Paul for the Paris Opera.

She performs with b 3e étage group since 2009, in France as abroad, in particular at Festival Jardins de Cap Roig (Espagne),  Festival des Arts de Saint Sauveur (Québec),  Teatro Coliseo in Buenos Aires,  Jacob's Pillow (USA). She created the female part in the pas de deux Thirst et Chaconne, the part of Cassandre in la Danse des Livres (Samuel Murez), and Mistigri in Récits du Royaume des Songes (Josua Hoffalt), in which she also performed as Odette, le white swan.

Maria Yakovleva
Ballet National de VIENNE - AUTRICHE

© Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn

© Wiener Staatsoper GmbH / Michael Pöhn

Maria Yakovleva was born in Saint Petersburg (Russia). She graduated from Vaganova Academy in 2004. In 2004/2005 she was a member of the Mariinsky Theatre where she was entrusted with solo roles of the classical repertory. In 2005 she was engaged as Soloist by the Ballett der Wiener Staatsoper und Volksoper – in 2010 she was appointed First Soloist of the Wiener Staatsballett.

She has appeared as guest dancer in many European Countries an overseas. 

Awards and honours: Nomination for the Prix Benois de la Danse for her performance in George Balanchines “Rubies” in 2011.

Cannes Jeune Ballet

Du Pole National supérieur danse Provence Cote d'Azur
Direction artistique et pédagogique: Paola Cantalupo

Le Pôle National Supérieur Danse Provence Côte d’Azur regroupe les formations professionnalisantes de l’Ecole Supérieure de Danse de Cannes-Mougins Rosella Hightower et le cycle supérieur de l’Ecole Nationale Supérieure de Danse de Marseille sous la direction artistique et pédagogique de Paola Cantalupo. Ce Pôle supérieur s’inscrit dans le réseau des grandes écoles de danse au niveau national et international.
Le Pôle supérieur propose à des élèves de plus de 15 nationalités, un enseignement pluridisciplinaire basé principalement sur les techniques classiques et contemporaines et un éventail de formation unique (du danseur interprète au professeur de danse, en passant par la formation continue liée aux différents métiers de la danse).
Le Cannes Jeune Ballet est un des outils pédagogique du Pôle supérieur, qui permet aux étudiants de développer en conditions réelles leur expérience scénique. Ce ballet junior créé par Rosella Hightower au début des années 80, regroupe les élèves de la dernière année de formation du cycle supérieur pré-professionnel. Au cours de cette année où ils préparent leur Diplôme National Supérieur Professionnel (DNSP) de danseur, les étudiants se confrontent aux réalités du métier d’artiste chorégraphique en développant leur engagement personnel dans cette voie.