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Former Bolshoi star to head Greek National Opera ballet October 31, 2007

Posted by grhomeboy in Ballet Dance Opera.
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Former Bolshoi Ballet star dancer Irek Mukhamedov has taken over the direction of Greece’s National Opera ballet, the organisation said on Friday.

The position has been vacant since June after previous director, Canadian ballerina Lynn Seymour, resigned citing unsurmountable problems with Greek bureaucracy. The Greek National Opera is a state organisation operating under the supervision of the Culture Ministry.

Born in the Russian city of Kazan, 47-year-old Mukhamedov was for years the Bolshoi’s leading male dancer. He left Russia in 1990 to join the Royal Ballet in London, where his talent inspired choreographers such as Sir Kenneth MacMillan to create roles for him.

He was awarded the Hans Christian Anderson Prize for Best Dancer in the World in 1988. Mukhamedov, who holds British citizenship, was previously the Greek National Opera’s artistic coordinator.

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