(b Tallinn, 1946)
Estonian dancer and choreographer. He studied in St Petersburg and made his debut as a soloist with the ballet of the Estonia Theatre in 1966. Betweeen 1967 and 1968 he was first soloist with Young Ballet of Moscow then from 1971 to 1990 étoile with the Estonian National Ballet, where he performed both the modern and classical repertories. He began creating ballets while still a dancer, including Confession (mus. Edison Denisov, Estonia, 1984). He was appointed director of the Estonian Ballet (1990–2) then became ballet master at La Scala (1992–4), at Rome Opera Ballet (1995–7), then again at La Scala before returning to Estonian Ballet as director 2001–9). He created several works for the company including new versions of Romeo and Juliet and Swan Lake as well as bringing in works by choreographers such as Elo and Bigonzetti.