Dancer Vladimir Shklyarov made his Royal Opera House debut in 2009 dancing with the Mariinsky Ballet as Romeo (Romeo and Juliet). He has since performed numerous times at the Royal Opera House with the Mariinsky. He made his Royal Ballet debut in 2017 as Armand (Marguerite and Armand).
Shklyarov was born in Leningrad and graduated from the Vaganova Ballet Academy in 2003 (class of Vitaly Afanaskov). He joined the Mariinsky the same year, promoted to principal in 2011. He has toured internationally with the company. At the start of the 2016/17 season he joined Bavarian State Ballet as a principal, in addition to his position with the Mariinsky. His repertory includes leading roles in the classical, dramatic and contemporary repertories, including in ballets by Frederick Ashton, George Balanchine, August Bournonville, John Cranko, Michel Fokine, William Forsythe, Alexander Gorsky, Leonid Lavrovsky, Wayne McGregor, Benjamin Millepied, Angelin Preljocaj, Alexei Ratmansky, Jerome Robbins, Vasili Vainonen and Christopher Wheeldon.
Shklyarov’s awards include the Vaganova-Prix International Competition (2002), Léonide Massine International Prize for the Art of Dance (2008), Zegna – Mariinsky New Talent Award (2008), first prize in the ‘Solo’ category at the XI International Ballet and Choreography Competition, Moscow (2009), and the DANCE OPEN International Ballet Award in the ‘Mr Virtuoso’ category (2014).
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A cast change has been announced for upcoming performances of a mixed programme of works by Frederick Ashton.