and Master Teacher
Viktor Plotnikov is an award-winning choreographer based in Boston, MA. This summer Viktor will be teaching Ballet and Contemporary, along with Men’s Technique and Men’s Repertoire classes.
A native of Ukraine, Plotnikov began his classical ballet training in Kiev at the age of 11, and continued it at the St. Petersburg Vaganova Ballet Academy. He achieved true fame and recognition at the Boston Ballet, which he joined in 1993, and where he performed as Principal Dancer for 10 years.
In 1999 Viktor expanded the scope of his career to include choreography. Since then he has created a large number of original works for numerous ballet companies and dancers, often to great acclaim. These include solos and duets performed at International Gala Concerts and as part of international ballet competitions, with musical taste ranging from Brahms, to Gershwin, to Pink Floyd.
Watch Suite, a contemporary piece choreographed by Plotnikov for 15 y.o. student Elyse Jennings. Performed at the Arabesque Competition in Perm, Russia, it won Plotnikov Special Prize for Best Contemporary Choreography Created for Arabesque, and was performed in the Arabesque Closing Gala.
It is Plotnikov’s unique style that won him international acclaim. Dance Magazine defined it as a “skillful blend of cryptic, non-ballet movement and gesture with good old-fashioned ballet showmanship.”
Plotnikov created visually and intellectually charged pieces for Boston Ballet and Boston Ballet II, Festival Ballet Providence, Kansas City Ballet, Atlanta Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet (New Works Festival), Richmond Ballet, Pittsburgh Ballet, First State Ballet Theater of Wilmington, DE, International Ballet Competition in Jackson, International Ballet Competion in Varna, for for Moscow's Bolshoi Ballet‘s Choreographic Workshop, Youth America Grand Prix, Harvard University Dance Program, and many others.
“We need more choreographers like Plotnikov, who revere tradition while forging a new language, and still command the attention of an everyday family audience,” wrote Dance Magazine in 2007.
In the last 5 years, Victor concentrated on full-length ballets. His ballets include Pinocchio (3 acts), Cinderella (3 acts), Carmen (2 acts), and The Widow’s Broom (2 acts). His new full-length ballet Romeo and Juliet will premier on April 13, 2018.
“The fact that three ballets—ranging from intense drama, to witty humor, to mysterious beauty—came from the brain of a single person is a true testament to Viktor’s “boundless” creative ability. The fact that he’s a really cool guy is an added bonus,” say Festival Ballet Providence company members.
Viktor has won a long list of Prizes, including:
- 2011 – Best Choreography Award, World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL
- 2010 – Best Choreography Award, Beijing International Ballet Competition, China
- 2009 – Best Choreography Award, Youth American Grand Prix, NYC Finals
- 2008 – Best Choreography Award, Arabesque Ballet Competition in Perm, Russia
- 2007 – Best Choreography Award, World Ballet Competition in Orlando, FL
- 2007 – Second Prize, International Choreographic Competition in Milwaukee, WI
- 2006 – Outstanding Choreographer, Youth America Grand Prix, NYC Finals
- 2005 – Best Choreographer Award, Helsinki International Ballet Competition, Finland
- 1995 – E. Virginia Williams Inspirational Award, Boston, MA
Currently Viktor is the Resident Choreographer at Festival Ballet Providence. He is also on the Faculty of Jacob’s Pillow 2018.