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Andrej Uspenski

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Andrej Uspenski in action.
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Russian dancer and photographer Andrej Uspenski is a First Artist with The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2004. Uspenski regularly photographs rehearsals and performances for the Company. His first book of photography, Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet, was published by Oberon Books in April 2013 and gives a unique backstage insight into the life of dancers in the Company. His second, Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan, was published in October 2013 also by Oberon Books, and features behind-the-scenes and in-performance pictures of the Royal Ballet Principal.

Uspenski was born in St Petersburg. He trained there at the Vaganova Ballet Academy and then at the Palucca School, Dresden, and the State Ballet School of Berlin. In 1998 he won second prize at the Rieti International Ballet Competition, and the following year won second prize at the Yalta International Ballet Competition. He graduated into Royal Danish Ballet in 1999 before joining The Royal Ballet in 2002.

Uspenski’s repertory with the Company includes Bluebird and Florestan pas de trois (The Sleeping Beauty), Gentleman (Manon), pas de trois (Swan Lake), Hungarian Officer (Mayerling) and roles in La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Cinderella, The Prodigal Son, Symphony in C, Scènes de ballet, Rhapsody, Theme and Variations, Onegin, Coppélia and Stravinsky Violin Concerto.

News and features

Steven McRae the subject of a new book with photographs by Andrej Uspenski

Steven McRae the subject of a new book with photographs by Andrej Uspenski

9 April 2014

'Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane' offers a revealing insight into the life of a Royal Ballet Principal.

Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

Gallery: Inside rehearsals for Carlos Acosta's Don Quixote

27 September 2013

Behind-the-scenes with The Royal Ballet in rehearsal for a highly anticipated new work.

Royal Ballet dancer releases book of behind-the-scenes photographs

Royal Ballet dancer releases book of behind-the-scenes photographs

31 March 2013

Andrej Uspenski's collection reveals the Company over a period of five years.

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