We have gathered the most striking quotes about the Bolshoi Ballet Artistic Director, Makhar Khasanovich Vaziev, as well as his own statements about ballet.
A leader is a mentor
For Makhar Khasanovich Vaziev, as for the head of the Bolshoi Ballet Company, the topic of mentoring plays an important role. He is convinced that a competent mentor is able to motivate artists to work, inspire them to reach a new level.
That is why Vaziev chooses a strategy of dialogue and cooperation. And it gives excellent results:
There are no trifles for him when it comes to work and creativity. Ballet dancers who have spent more than one season under his leadership also agree with this. Here is what the leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theater Igor Tsvirko told us about Makhar Khasanovich:
Experience and willingness to experiment
The creative career of Makhar Vaziev had several important peaks. Working as Artistic Director of the ballet companies with the Mariinsky Theater and the Italian La Scala, he demonstrated his ability to combine the classics and the modern, always contributing to the creative progress of artists and getting to a new level. According to the General Director of the Bolshoi Theater Vladimir Urin, it was this approach to work that made Vaziev such a desirable candidate for the position of the Ballet Artistic Director with the Bolshoi.
An important element of Makhar Vaziev's creative method is his understanding that theater is a living organism and needs new people to grow and develop. Regular auditions at the Bolshoi have long become a good tradition. In 2021, a new format was invented with the direct participation of Makhar Khasanovich and support of the general sponsor, Ingosstrakh, that is the Young Artists Ballet Program of the Bolshoi Theater. It has one and only goal - to give talented artists a chance to prove themselves. Here is what Makhar Vaziev says about it:
The Bolshoi artists have often spoken about the importance of auditions in a dancer's career. Among them is the ballet dancer Alexandra Trikoz.
Sources of inspiration
Thousands of people are inspired by classical and modern ballet performances they see on stage of the Bolshoi Theater. But what inspires the person who sets in motion this complex mechanism of creating a ballet?
An important touch to the portrait, which reveals the essence not only of his working relationships, but of relationship with the world:
As befits a great artist, Makhar Khasanovich Vaziev is a perfectionist. He admits this himself: