(b Moscow, 6 Jan. 1962)
Soviet-Russian dancer; son of Maris Liepa. He studied at the Moscow Ballet School (1971–81) and graduated into the Bolshoi Ballet. His lyrical, handsome style directed him towards the major classical roles and he was promoted soloist, then principal in 1983. In 1988 he and his partner Ananiashvili became the first Soviets to gain official permission to guest with an American company, dancing works from the Balanchine repertory with New York City Ballet. Later that year he was also given permission to dance with American Ballet Theatre where he remained until 1989. On his return he was appointed principal dancer with the Kirov, creating the title role in the second version of Vinogradov's Petrushka (1990), and he subsequently guested with Béjart in Lausanne, with Paris Opera, La Scala, Bolshoi, and Ballet Theatre of the Kremlin Palace of Congresses, Moscow. In 1993 he began collaborating with Isabelle Fokine on restoring some of Fokine's ballets for the Russian stage and has subsequently staged them worldwide. Since retiring from dancing he has worked as a freelance choreographer, producer, and director in areas including ballet galas, theatre, and video. He was made Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation in 1986.
http://www.liepa.ru Website for Andris Liepa