(b Riga, 27 Jul. 1936; d Moscow, 26 Mar. 1989)
Soviet dancer. He studied at the Ballet Schools of Riga (1947–50) and Moscow (1953–5) and made his debut with Riga's Latvian Theatre of Opera and Ballet in 1955. In 1956 he moved to the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Music Theatre in Moscow as soloist, then in 1960 was appointed principal dancer with the Bolshoi where he remained until 1977. A passionate and charismatic performer, his most memorable creations were Farkhad in the Moscow version of Legend of Love (1965), Crassus in Grigorovich's Spartacus (1968), and Vronsky in Anna Karenina (Plisetskaya and others, 1972). After much research he revived Fokine's Spectre de la rose for himself and Bessmertnova in 1967. Between 1963 and 1980 he taught at the Moscow Ballet School, in 1983 he was appointed choreographer at the Sofia Opera House in Bulgaria, and was finally artistic director of Moscow's Theatre of Contemporary Musical Drama (1987–9). His first wife was Maya Plisetskaya. He was made Honoured Artist of the USSR in 1976.