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Andrej Uspenski

First Artist of The Royal Ballet

Biography

Andrej Uspenski in action.
Andrej Uspenski © Andrej Uspenski

Russian dancer and photographer Andrej Uspenski is a First Artist of The Royal Ballet. He joined the Company in 2002, promoted to First Artist in 2004. Uspenski regularly photographs rehearsals and performances for the Company. He has published the photography books Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet (Oberon Books, April 2013), Natalia Osipova: Becoming a Swan (Oberon Books, October 2013) and Steven McRae: Dancer in the Fast Lane) (Oberon Books, July 2014).

Uspenski was born in St Petersburg and trained at the Vaganova Ballet Academy, the Palucca School, Dresden, and the Berlin State Ballet School. 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, 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), pas de six (Giselle), 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

Exhibition of photographs of dancers now open at the ROH

Exhibition of photographs of dancers now open at the ROH

16 September 2014

Images from Andrej Uspenski's book 'Dancers: Behind the Scenes with The Royal Ballet' are now on display in our Amphitheatre Restaurant.

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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