November, 2021

Competition: November 5th & 6th, 2021

Festival performance: November 7, 2021


Chairman of Releve Festival Competition

A people’s artist of Ukraine, the artistic director of the A.B. Solovianenko Donetsk state academic Opera and Ballet Theatre. Vadim Pisarev was born in Donetsk, Ukraine and he graduated from the Kiev state choreographic school. He was trained at the Bolshoi Theater, Moscow, under teachers R. Struchkova and  A. Messerer, and at the Maryinsky Theater (Kirov ballet), St. Petersburg under teachers L. Kolpakova and V. Semenov.


In 1983 he received the Gold medal of the All-Ukrainian competition of ballet dancers (Kiev). 1984 – the Gold medal of the All-USSR competition of ballet dancers (Moscow) and Silver medal of the competition of ballet dancers (Helsinki). 1984 – the Bronze medal of the international competition of ballet dancers (Paris). 1985 – the Gold medal of the international competition of ballet dancers (Moscow). 1986 – the Gold medal of the international competition of ballet dancers (Jackson, the USA). In 1986 Vadim Pisarev was awarded the title of the People’s artist of Ukraine. In 1990 he was awarded a prize of the Moscow public – “The best dancer of the USSR”, Moscow. In 1994 he became the founder and the director of the International festival “The World Ballet Stars” in Donetsk. During 17 years in the festival Donetsk was visited by more than 450 outstanding ballet dancers from 30 countries of the world. Over 70 famous choreographers presented their productions.

In 1995 Vadim Pisarev was awarded a prize of UNESCO “The Best dancer of the world“ and became the professor of honor of the Donetsk state University. In 1998 V. Pisarev was awarded the Theatre Union of Ukraine prize “Triumph”. He was awarded the “Order of merit”, III grade and II grade. 1999 – Vadim Pisarev was awarded the Kazakhstan “Prize of Traditions“ and he won the All-Ukrainian prize “Recognition”. In 2001 V. Pisarev was awarded the Commander’s Cross – Order of Saint Stanislaus, III grade. In 2003 he was awarded by the Cabinet Council of Ukraine the honorary diploma “For Significant Personal Contribution to the Development of National Culture and Art, and High Professionalism”.

Vadim Pisarev worked by the contract as the leading soloist of ballet troupe of The German opera on Rhine, Düsseldorf. He worked with choreographers: Y. Grigorovich, B. Eifman, H. Shpoyerli, Y. Mannes and others. Vadim Pisarev danced in classical and modern repertoire in the ballet companies in the USA, Canada, China, Russia, Germany, France, Japan. He is the participant of the annual international festivals and gala-concerts in Montreal, Tokyo, Moscow, Athens, Vienna, Genoa, Paris, Beijing, Jerusalem, Oslo, New York. He was personally invited to make the special program on the opening holiday of the Olympic Games in Calgary and Seoul. 
Vadim Pisarev’s repertoire contains more than 50 ballet roles, pas de deux and choreographic compositions. Yury Grigorovich said about Vadim Pisarev: “… he amazed the audience and us, the professionals, by the technical perfection and bravura performing of classical parties”.

 Please join us in welcoming this international superstar to Lancaster, PA!


Marina Bogdanova

Marina Bogdanova

Ms. Bogdanova, is a Russian ballerina and a dance teacher. Ms. Bogdanova is known for the lightness and delicacy of her dancing. Marina was born in the city of Perm by the Ural Mountains. She aspired to be a ballerina from a very tender age and was admitted to the famous and privileged Perm State Academy of Dance. After graduation, Ms. Bogdanova began her professional career and rose swiftly to the soloist rank and joined the Russian National Moscow Ballet Company.

Marina Bogdanova made her debut at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg as Nikia in La Bayadere. She worked with such legendary prima ballerinas as Ekaterina Maksimova. Ms. Bogdanova’s classical ballet repertoire included title roles in Swan Lake, Giselle, Corsair, La Sylphide, Coppelia, la Esmeralda, The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker, Walpurgis Nights, Don Quixote, Paquita, La Bayadere, Romeo and Juliet and Carmen.

In 1987 Ms. Bogdanova accepted an honorary title of The National Artist of USSR. Ms. Bogdanova graduated from The Moscow Theater of the Performing Arts as a Ballet Mistress, which is an equivalent of MA degree in Choreography. With the V. Gordeyev’s Russian Ballet Company Mrs. Bogranova performed in USA, England, Italy,Germany, Taiwan, Japan, Spain, Holland, Switzerland, Norway, Australia and Mexico.

Her leading roles received critical acclaim and appreciation from famous ballet critics such as Anna Kisselgoff from The New York Times. The world touring ended with the invitation to take up residence at the Columbia Classical Ballet and the NJ Ballet Company as a prima ballerina.

At the same time, Ms. Bogdanova was asked to present master classes at the Philadelphia Dance Conservatory, Ballet Royale of Maryland, Dance Explosion School of Maryland, South Carolina Academy of Ballet, ballet schools of Arizona, Florida and Virginia as well as the Kwangju Ballet Company, Korea. In 2004, Ms. Marina  Bogdanova was officially appointed to the rank of the Ballet Mistress at the New Jersey Ballet Company. Since 2013, Ms. Bogdanova has served on the Faculty of Joffrey Ballet School, New York and Summer intensive programs.

Alex Kedrov

Alex Kedrov

Alexander Kedrov is a former Bolshoi, Boston, Memphis Ballet soloist and the co-founder of Siberian Swan Pointe Shoes. Mr. Kedrov graduated from Moscow Choreographic Institute, and joined the world-renowned Bolshoi Ballet Theater under the direction of Yuri Grigorovich. Mr. Kedrov’s repertoire includes a wide range of solo roles in classical and contemporary productions, some of which were shown on TV and video filmed such as Spartacus, Ivan the Terrible, Romeo and Juliette, Legend of Love, and many others. He was the first performer of the title role in ballet “Little Prince” by G. Mayorov, with whom he later worked in Tokyo, Japan as a guest artist. Mr. Kedrov also took a part in “Stars of Ballet” tour in Taiwan where he performed in Walpurgis Night, Balanchine’s Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux, and Flames of Paris. In 1990, after Bolshoi Ballet USA Tour, Mr. Kedrov joined the Boston Ballet company as a where he had a chance to work with known Western choreographers, and broaden his repertoire. His dancing has drawn rave reviews around the country. Critics praise his power, leaps, talent and passion. In 1995 Mr. Kedrov was first to stage “Nayada and Fishermen” ballet in Japan. In 1996 he was  invited to join Russia Ballet Institute in Tokyo, Japan for their annual Gala concert where he performed Diana and Acteon, and “Tchaikovsky Grand Pas” by Genrich Mayorov. Mr. Kedrov has also been guest teacher with many various ballet schools, teaching ballet, character dance, repertoire, variations, pas de deux. Through all these years Alexander has also been working with many different companies as a guest artist, teacher and choreographer in dance and musical theater productions in the USA, Canada, Spain, Germany, Japan, Taiwan.