Alma mater Vaganova Academy
Role Ballet Dancer
Name Farukh Ruzimatov
Residence Saint Petersburg, Russia
|Native name Faruh Sadullaevich Ruzimatov|
Born 26 June 1963 (age 52) (1963-06-26) Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, USSR
Education Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet
Movies Don Quixote (Kirov Ballet)
Giselle (Kirov Ballet) - Yulia Makhalina & Farukh Ruzimatov
Farukh Sadullayevich Ruzimatov (Russian: Farúh Sadulláevich Ruzimátov; born 26 June 1963) is a Russian ballet dancer who is currently the artistic director for ballet at the Mikhailovsky Theatre, Saint Petersburg. He was formerly the principal dancer and assistant artistic director of the Kirov Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg.
Ruzimatov was born in Tashkent, Uzbek SSR, Soviet Union, but grew up in small village of 300 people in neighboring Tajikistan.
When Ruzimatov enrolled in the Vaganova Academy in 1973 in Leningrad, where he trained under Gennady Selyutsky. Upon his 1981 graduation, Ruzimatov began dancing with the Kirov Ballet and became a principal dancer in 1986.
His repertoire includes such roles as Albrecht in Giselle, Solor in La Bayadere, Ali in Le Corsaire, Prince Desire in The Sleeping Beauty, The Prince in The Nutcracker, Siegfried in Swan Lake, Basil in Don Quixote, and many others. He has also performed as principal guest artist with the American Ballet Theatre.
In 2013, Ruzimatov returned to the stage to dance in a gala performance the Mikhailovsky Theatre held to celebrate his 50th birthday.
Ruzimatov has had many successful partnerships, but the two most well known are probably his collaboration with Yulia Makhalina in Kirov productions of Giselle and La Bayadere, and he partnered Larissa Lezhnina in her Kirov debut as Aurora in the 1989 production of The Sleeping Beauty. He went on to partner her in Diana and Acteon, but as she left the Kirov to become a soloist for the Dutch National Ballet in 1994, their promising collaboration was cut short. But the strongest partnership was with Altynai Asylmuratova. The couple were most seen dancing together in the ballet Le Corsaire, but when Asylmuratova retired Ruzimatov, was later seen dancing with Diana Vishneva in the early 2000s.