Nikolai Fadeyechev

(b. 1933)

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(b Moscow, 27 Jan. 1933)

Soviet dancer and teacher; father of Alexei Fadeyechev. He studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School (1943–52) with Rudenko and graduated into the Bolshoi Ballet. He was promoted soloist in 1953 and his combination of technical ease, dramatic talent, and exceptional partnering skills led to him dancing most of the principal roles in the classical and modern repertories. He was the favourite partner of Plisetskaya and also created roles in Vinogradov's Asel (1967), Alonso's Carmen Suite (1967), Grigorovich's Swan Lake (1969), and Plisetskaya's Anna Karenina (1972). In 1961 he was principal guest artist with Paris Opera and he also danced Albrecht in the BBC's 1958 film of Giselle. He was made People's Artist of the USSR in 1976 and a year later retired to become teacher and rehearsal director with the Bolshoi. In 1993 he became associated with the Renaissance Ballet in Moscow. He is married to dancer Irina Holina.

Subjects: Dance.

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