MOSCOW CITY BALLET
Artistic director: Lyudmila Nerubaschenko
In 1988 the USSR's first private ballet troupe was founded, the Moscow City Ballet (MCB), known in Russia as Smirnov-Golovanov Theater of Classical Ballet. It's founder and permanent leader for 25 years was Victor Smirnov-Golovanov, a former soloist and choreographer of the Bolshoi Theater, one of the the choreographers of the famous ballet "Anna Karenina" (together with M. Plisetskaya and N.Rizhenko), founder of the genre of teleballet, the author of the first performance of "The Masquerade" to the music of A. Khachaturian. Smirnov-Golovanov was also for many years the chief choreographer of the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater.

Over the 26 years of existence of his own theater, Victor Smirnov-Golovanov presented to the Russian and world public new productions of the most famous classical ballets, such as The Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty and The Nutcracker by P.Tchaikovsky, Giselle by A. Adam, Don Quixote by L. Minkus, Cinderella by S. Prokofiev, as well as the author's ballets Love and Death of Anna Karenina to the music by R.Shchedrin, Carmen Suite to the music by Bizet-Shchedrin and The War and Peace to the music by V.Ovchinnikov. The choreographer's last large-scale work was the famous author's version of Romeo and Juliet by Prokofyev, which he dedicated to Lyudmila Nerubaschenko, his life partner, friend and associate, the main teacher-tutor of the theater. After the death of V. Smirnov-Golovanov she was the one to take over as the artistic director of the company. The teacher is gone, but his disciples are still there, continuing the work of the Master!
MCB aesthetics is the preservation of the Russian ballet traditions, combining the purity of choreographic pattern and the virtuoso technique with intense spiritual life on stage and deep dramatic solution of the role. One of the features of the company is a strong corps de ballet.

The company includes 50 young dancers, graduates of Moscow, Leningrad, Perm, Kiev, and Almaty Choreographic Schools. Some of them had worked for famous theaters, but attracted by a new idea, joined the new company. The performances of the "young stars" (MCB's nickname) at different times involved world-class soloists: Nadezhda Pavlova, Yuri Posokhov, Tatiana Terekhova, Lyudmila Semenyaka.

The first tour of the theater took place in Seoul in 1989. After that, the company went on tour to Great Britain and Northern Ireland, Japan, Belgium, Germany, Israel, Egypt, Taiwan, Hong Kong, China, Portugal, the Philippines, Singapore, the United States and other countries. The UK was the country the theater visited most of all: in 2014 it opened it's 25th season there, having played its 3830th performance in the country. In total, the theater has produced 10 ballets and played a total of over 20,000 performances.

MCB has repeatedly taken part in "The Summer Ballet Seasons", and this year it returned to the project again. In August 2016 Russian Academic Youth Theater will show the classic performances of The Swan Lake, Don Quixote, Giselle, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, and Romeo and Juliet choreographed by Victor Smirnov-Golovanov.
Lyudmila Nerubaschenko
Artistic director
Born in Odessa. After graduating from the Kiev School of Choreography in 1974, she was invited to be the soloist at the Odessa Opera and Ballet Theater, where she performed more than 30 leading roles. Since 1988 a teacher and soloist of the MCB, since 1993 Head Ballet Mistress in the company. In April 2013 she took over as the artistic director.
Soloists
Lilia Orekhova
Вorn in Donetsk. After graduating from Vadim Pisarev School of Choreography in 2004, she worked at the Solovyanenko Donetsk Opera and Ballet theater. Since 2008 she has worked at MCB. Performs leading roles in the ballets The Swan Lake (Odette-Odile, large swans), The Sleeping Beauty (Princess Aurora, Princess Florine, Fairy of Tenderness), The Nutcracker (Fairy of the Flowers), Cinderella (Fairy Godmother), Don Quixote (Queen of the Dryads).
Talgat Kozhabayev
Born in Kazakhstan. After graduating from the Alma-Ata choreographic college worked as a soloist at the Donetsk Opera and Ballet Theater. At MCB since 2001. He performs leading roles in the ballets The Swan Lake, Giselle, Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Cinderella, Don Quixote, as well as Tybalt in Romeo and Juliet, Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker, Espada in Don Quixote.
Yulia Zhuravleva
Born in Moscow. In 1997 she graduated from Gennady Ledyakh School of Classical Dance, then continued her studies at the Belorussian Choreographic School (graduated in 2001) and the Kazan Ballet School.

From 2002 to 2010 she was one of the leading soloists of Rostov State Musical Theater, playing Lisa in La Fille Mal Gardée, Juliet in Romeo and Juliet, Kitri in Don Quixote, Ophelia in Hamlet, Clara in The Nutcracker, and many others.
From 2010 to 2013 she worked at the Kremlin Ballet Theater. She participated in the production of P. de Beaune Cleopatra, Ida Rubinstein, as well as in W.Eagling's Beauty and the Beast.
She has been working for MCB since 2013.
Анна Иванова
Born in Moscow. After graduating from the Moscow Choreographic School at the Moscow "Gzhel" State Academic Dance Theater in 2007 (summa cum laude), she began her dance career in that theater.

She joined MCB in 2009. She performs leading roles in Romeo and Juliet and The Nutcracker, the solo roles in The Swan Lake (pas de trois, the four little swans, the Spanish and the Neapolitan dance), The Nutcracker (the Chinese and Russian dances), Giselle (the Act 2 Giselle Pas), The Sleeping Beauty (Fairy Bounty, Red Riding Hood, and others).
Andrey Zhuravlev
Born in Saransk. After graduating in 2002 from Perm Public Choreography School, he worked at the Rostov State Musical Theater. He performed solo roles in Romeo and Juliet, The Nutcracker, Hamlet, Scheherazade, The Cavalry Halt, The Swan Lake, and others.

From 2010 to 2013 he worked for The Kremlin Ballet. He participated in the production of P. de Beaune Cleopatra. Ida Rubinstein, in Beauty and the Beast by W.Eagling. He joined MCB in 2013.
Daniil Orlov
Born in the Republic of Uzbekistan. In 2006 he graduated from the High School of National Dance and Choreography in Tashkent. He worked in the State Academic Theater named after Alisher Navoi.

In 2008 he joined MCB. Plays leading roles in The Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, Drosselmeier in The Nutcracker, Espada in Don Quixote.