❝ The Prix de Lausanne is one of the most prestigious competitions in the world of professional ballet. What makes it very different, is that this competition helps very young dancers to challenge and assert themselves as well as to obtain guidelines in their artistic life.
For me, it is a great honor to become a jury member of such a prominent competition. But of course, I also carry a professional interest in the new generations of dancers who could become the dancers of the Mariinsky theatre after participating in Prix de Lausanne.❞
Acting Director, Mariinsky Ballet
Yuri Fateev was born in Leningrad. He graduated from the Leningrad Academic Vaganova Choreography School in 1982 and joined the Kirov (Mariinsky) Ballet the same year.
His repertoire includes the ballets Giselle, La Bayadère, Paquita, Swan Lake, Romeo and Juliet, Creation of the World, Le Carnaval, La Fille mal gardée, Knight in the Tiger’s Skin and Coppélia, among others.
In 1996 he became a ballet master and coach with the Mariinsky Ballet, and in this role he worked on Mariinsky Theatre premiere performances of ballets by George Balanchine, Roland Petit, John Neumeier, Alexei Ratmansky, William Forsythe, Christopher Wheeldon and José Antonio.
He has been a guest coach with the Royal Ballet in London, American Ballet Theatre and Russia’s Bolshoi Theatre and has given masterclasses for the ballet company of the Opéra de Paris, as well as teaching for the Swedish Royal Ballet, Pacific Northwest Ballet (USA) and the Danish Royal Ballet where he staged a production of highlights from the ballet Le Corsaire. He was involved in the Kings of Dance project in Russia and the USA as well as the project Stiefel and Stars in the USA, where he staged highlights from classical ballets.
In 2008 was appointed Acting Head of the Mariinsky Ballet.
In 2016, he graduated from the pedagogical department of the Vaganova Ballet Academy. He was a jury member of the Benois de la Danse prize (2016), the International Ballet Dancers’ and Choreographers’ Competition ine Moscow (2017), international ballet competitions Youth America Grand Prix .
Yuri Fateev is an Honoured Artist of Russia (2010) and a Spirit of Dance prize winner in the Knight of Dance category (2018).