(b Vienna, 25 Jun. 1946)
Soviet dancer and director. He studied at the Moscow Ballet School and danced with the Bolshoi Ballet from 1965 to 1989, creating Rothbart in Grigorovich's Swan Lake (1969) and Prince Kurbsky in his Ivan the Terrible (1979). Since 1980 he has been a teacher in Russia and abroad, including with the Royal Ballet and La Scala. Between 2000 and 2003 he was director of the Bolshoi Ballet.