(b Moscow, 16 Aug. 1960)
Russian dancer and director. He studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School with Alexander Prokofiev, and graduated into the Bolshoi Ballet in 1978 as a principal dancer, holding that position for twenty years. Under the coaching of his father Nikolai he developed a refined classical style and a dramatic stage presence and he performed most of the major roles in the repertory. He also guested with many companies, including the Royal Ballet, Kirov, Royal Danish Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Boston Ballet, and Tokyo Ballet. Between 1998 and 2000 he was artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, mounting a critically acclaimed revival of Gorsky's 1900 version of Don Quixote in 1999. Since 2004 he was worked with Ananiashvili, as assistant director of the State Ballet of Georgia, staging several of the classics for the company.