State Ballet of Georgia rehearsing Sagalobeli.
One-act ballet “Sagalobeli” (Canticle) was created by the well-known contemporary choreographer Yuri Possokhov for the Ballet Company of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet State Theatre. The work was based on the Georgian Folk Music. The choreographer tried to express the impressions, made on him in Georgia, with the plastic arts.
Yuri Possokhov was born in Lugansk (Ukraine) in 1982. After graduating from the Moscow Choreographic School (class of Peter Pestov), he was enlisted in the Bolshoi Theatre company.
Possokhov performed the leading roles in ballets “Swan Lake”, “Sleeping Beauty”, “Nutcracker”, “Giselle”, “Romeo and Juliet” and others. He was the first to dance George Balanchine’s ballet “Prodigal Son” (Sergey Prokofiev music).
He was invited by the Danish Royal Ballet in 1992; in 1993 he performed Prince Desire’s part in the “Sleeping Beauty” edition of Helgi Tomasson in the San Francisco Ballet. He is a premiere of this Company since 1994.
Possokhov is actively working as a choreographer since 1990. Notable works include “Spanish Songs” (1997, staged for the San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Muriel Maffre), “A Duet for Two” (1997, for San Francisco Ballet Principal Dancer Joanna Berman) and “Impromtu”, based on Skryabin’s music (1997, staged for former San Francisco Ballet Soloist Felipe Diaz. The piece was presented at the Jackson International Contest).
In 2002 he staged “Curse”, based on Euripide’s tragedy “Medea”. The work was included in the Company’s tour program and was presented in the New York City Center.
The collaboration with Helgi Tomasson in 2003 resulted in staging of L. Minkus’ “Don Quixote”, presented subsequently in Los Angeles.
Possokhov was awarded the Isadora Duncan Dance Award for outstanding choreography of “Magrittomania”, staged in the frame of San Francisco Ballet project. The award is presented by ballet critics to the Western California ballet companies.
In 2006 Sergey Prokofiev’s “Cinderella” was staged by Possokhov for Bolshoi.