Theatre Management

LITVINOV Viktor

People’s Artist of Ukraine

Upon graduating from Kyiv State Choreography College in 1967 Viktor Litvinov became the soloist of the State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre and the Shevchenko Ballet of Ukraine troupes. His performance style was outstanding because of its expressiveness, dynamics and deep merging with the scenic image.
His best stage characters were Spartacus from A. Khachaturyan’s ballet of the same name, Tybalt (“Romeo and Juliet” by S. Prokofiev), Rothbard (“The Swan Lake” by P. Tchaikovsky), Espado (“Don Quixote” by L. Minkus), Escamillo (“Carmen Suite” by G. Bizet and R. Shchedrin), Igor (“Olga” by Y. Stankovych).
In 1981 Viktor Litvinov graduated from the Rimsky-Korsakov Leningrad Conservatory with a choreographer degree.
He was the Chief Choreographer of the Kyiv Municipal Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre for Children and Youth twice: from 1985 to 1988 and from 2005 to 2011. Now he works there as a staging choreographer. He staged “The Little Humpbacked Horse” by R. Shchedrin, “Snow White and the Seven Dwarfs by B. Pavlovsky, “The Lady and the Hooligan” by D. Shostakovich, “Mowgli” by O. Gradsky, “Spartacus” by A. Khachaturyan, “The Sleeping Beauty” by P. Tchaikovsky, “The Carnival of Animals” by C. Saint-Saens. He was awarded the “Kyivska pektoral’ 2003” prize for the staging of “Mowgli”.
Viktor Litvinov was the Chief Choreographer of the Shevchenko National Opera from 1987 to 1992. Since 1992 he has been working there as a staging choreographer. His every staging is remarkable for its expressive choreography and nontrivial resolutions. Among his works are “Cinderella” by S. Prokofiev, “Don Quixote” by L. Minkus, “The Sleeping Beauty” and “The Nutcracker” by P. Tchaikovsky, “The Night Before Christmas” and “Vikings” by Y. Stankovych, “The Lady and the Hooligan” by D. Shostakovich, “The Firebird” by I. Stravinsky, “The New Decameron” based on M. Ravel music, The Caprices by Paganini and Skoryk, “Buratino and A Magic Violin” by Y. Shevchenko and others. He revived M. Skorulsky’s “The Forest Song” ballet. Viktor Litvinov collaborates as a choreographer with a number of ballet troupes abroad. In 2000 he also started co-working with the Kyiv Symphony Orchestra and Choir headed by R. McMurrin (the USA). They staged “St. Matthew Passion” by J. Bach (2000, 2001), “Elijah” by F. Mendelssohn, Mozart’s Requiem (2003), The Christmas Concerts (2002, 2003). Viktor Litvinov staged ballets abroad: “Don Quixote” by L. Minkus, “The Swan Lake” by P. Tchaikovsky, “The Little Humpbacked Horse” by R. Shchedrin in Serbia and Slovenia, Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” in Poland, a number of modern ballets based on Y. Shevchenko music, including “Zaporozhets and the Sultan”, “The Cinderella of Poltava”, “The Seasons”, “In the name of Father and ;Son…” in Canada, with the “Shumka” choreography ensemble, “Carmen Suite” by G. Bizet and R. Shchedrin in Japan, “Blues Rhapsody” based on G. Gershwin music in the USA. He was also the choreographer of Royal Christmas Tours that featured Julia Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Andrea Bocelli. He stages choreographic scenes for the Austrian-Ukrainian K&K Philharmoniker orchestra.
The audience applauded his ballets in Germany, France, Spain, Japan, Italy, the Netherlands, Switzerland, the USA, Canada, Poland, Austria and other countries.



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