Alexei Fadeechev

Alexei Fadeechev, choreographer and dancer awarded the title of The People’s Artist of Russia, was born in 1960 in Moscow in the family of Nikolai Fadeechev, the legendary ballet dancer of the Bolshoi Theatre. In 1978 Alexei Fadeechev graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography. He took his first leading role, Franz in Coppelia by Delibes, while still a student.

Fadeechev joined the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Company, where Nikolai Fadeechev became his tutor. He performed major roles of the classic repertoire: Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Albert in Giselle, Prince Desiré in The Sleeping Beauty, Ivan IV in Ivan the Terrible, Spartacus in Spartacus, the Prince in The Nutcracker, Romeo in Romeo and Juliet, and many others.

In 1990–1991 Fadeechev worked with the Royal Ballet in Great Britain, where he performed the leading roles in The Prince of the Pagodas, Romeo and Juliet staged by Kenneth MacMillan, and as the Prince from The Nutcracker, staged by Peter Wright. Fadeechev has also performed at the Mariinsky Theatre, the Danish Royal Ballet, the Dutch National Ballet, the Finnish National Ballet, the National Ballet of Portugal, Birmingham Royal Ballet and Boston Ballet, among others.

From 1998 to 2000, Fadeechev worked as Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Theatre ballet company. During this, the Bolshoi Theatre received two Golden Mask awards – the National Theatre Award in Russia – for best ballet performances: Dreams of Japan (choreography by Alexei Ratmansky) and Agon, Symphony in C (choreography by George Balanchine).

Fadeechev staged his author’s version of the ballet Don Quixote which was recognized by the leading world ballet critics as the best ballet performance from 1999 to 2016 (renovated version). During the last seventeen years, his version of Don Quixote ran successfully on stages around the world.

In November 2000, together with Nina Ananiashvili, Fadeechev formed The Alexei Fadeechev Dance Theatre. The theatre productions include the Green and Opus X ballet staged by Stanton Welsh; Second Before the Ground staged by Trey McIntyre; and Leah, choreography by Alexei Ratmansky, which was nominated in three categories for the prize in Golden Mask 2002.

From 2004 to 2013, Fadeechev worked as Artistic Director of Rostov Musical Theatre ballet company. During this time, he staged several of his original ballets, including Romeo and Juliet, Don Quixote, Swan Lake, Hunting Drama, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Hamlet, La Fille mal gardée and Paquita In 2013 he moved with his family to Finland. He has organized the Stars of the World Ballet Festival in Lahti, Finland. 

Over the years as Artistic Director of Bolshoi Theatre and Rostov Musical Theatre, he has gained extensive experience in managing a ballet troupe, improving the artistic level of dancers, and artistic and production planning of the repertoire. Fadeechev is also internationally networked. He always makes an effort to preserve the traditions and promote the cultural values of each ballet company. Alexei Fadeechev is in great demand as a choreographer all around the world.