Born into a ballet family, Andrei Petrov graduated from Moscow Ballet School in 1965 (G. Evdokimov’s class) and joined the Bolshoi Theatre Ballet Company. In a dance career spanning 20 years, he performed about 50 solo parts including: Puss in Boots and Cattalabutte (The Sleeping Beauty), Lorenzo (Romeo and Juliet), Signor Pomidor (Cipollino), Hans (Giselle).
While still with the Bolshoi Theatre, Petrov dreamed of becoming a choreographer. He began to work with Theatre companies, and then enrolled at the faculty of choreography at GITIS (The State Institute of The Performing Arts; R. Zakharov and E. Changi’s course). In 1977, he worked as probationer at the Bolshoi Theatre, under Yuri Grigorovich. And it was at the Bolshoi that he mounted his first productions: Evgeny Svetlanov’s The Snow-ball Tree, Béla Bartók’s The Wooden Prince, The Knight of Sad Mien to music by Richard Strauss and Alfred Schnittke’s Sketches.
He choreographed dances for the following Bolshoi Theatre opera productions: The Revolutionary Vocation (Leniniana), Iphigénie en Tauride, Mlada.
He worked with other theatres in Russia and abroad: for Sofia National Opera (1983, 1987), he mounted Sketches and Spring Tale (to music by Tchaikovsky). In 1986, he choreographed G. Gladkov’s Twelve Chairs at the Chelyabinsk M. Glinka Theatre of Opera and Ballet, and Vladislav Agafonnikov’s Timur and his Team for the Moscow Ballet School.
In 1990, the Kremlin Ballet Company was founded, based on the Kremlin Palace of Congresses’ Theatre, and Andrei Petrov was appointed its artistic director. The Company opened with Vladimir Vasiliev’s production of Macbeth (music Kyril Molchanov). Vasiliev also did his versions of Prokofiev’s ballet Cinderella and Ludwig Minkus’s Don Quixote for the Company. Yuri Grigorovich revived three of his productions for Kremlin Ballet: the famous Prokofiev interpretations of Romeo and Juliet and Ivan the Terrible, and also Adolphe Adam’s Le Corsaire.
As from 1990, Andrei Petrov choreographed a lot of the productions himself. He did a ballet version of Glinka’s Ruslan and Lyudmila, as well as the following original productions: Napoleon Buonaparte to music by Tikhon Khrennikov, Tom Sawyer to music by Pavel Ovsyannikov, Zeus to music by Dmitry Arapis, Nevsky Prospekt based on Gogol motifs, to music by Shostakovich, Symphonie fantastique after Berlioz, Pavel Ovsyannikov’s Katya and the Prince of Siam, Figaro to the music of Rossini and Mozart; he also does his versions of the masterpieces of the classical repertoire: Nutcracker, Swan Lake, Coppélia, Giselle, The Sleeping Beauty, Esmeralda.
The 2008 Figaro première, an original ballet to the music of Rossini and Mozart, was born of the choreographer’s long held dream to introduce the quick-witted barber on to the ballet stage in a comic work.
Apart from his work for Moscow Theatres and the Kremlin Ballet Company, Andrei Petrov has also collaborated with other companies. He did a production of L. Ismagilova’s ballet Arkaim for the Bashkir Theatre of Opera and Ballet (Ufa) and, for Shanghai Opera Theatre, he mounted a ballet to Shostakovich’s Symphony No. 7 (Leningrad), to celebrate the 60th anniversary of the victory in the Great Patriotic War.
Andrei Petrov is professor of the faculty of choreography and ballet studies at the Moscow Academy of Choreography. His many awards for his services to the arts and culture include: For Services to the Fatherland (IVth degree) and the Blessed Saint Prince Daniil of Moscow order awarded by the Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia, Alexei II. He was also awarded the Hungarian medal For Services to Culture in the year of the Béla Bartók one hundredth anniversary.
Andrei Petrov has served as jury member of many ballet competitions and he has been organizing committee chairman of the International Competition of Ballet Dancers and Choreographers, Moscow. Today he is chairman of the creative commission for choreography of the Union of Theatre People of Russia. There is a television documentary Choreographer Andrei Petrov on his work.
ANDREY PETROV`S CHOREOGRAPHIC WORKS:
- 1973 — dances in the performance «Comrade, Believe!»Theatre of Drama and Comedy at Taganka, producer Y.Lubimov
- 1974 — dances in the performance «Gipsies Went»!
Theatre «Romen», producer N.Slichenko
- 1975 — dances in the performance» Lenushka» Drama Theatre at Malaya Bronnaya, producer A.Dunaev
- 1975 — dances in the performance «Snows had Fallen!» Theatre of Soviet Army, producer A.Burdonsky
- 1978 — Sailors dance in the performance «October»The Bolshoi Theatre, music by V.Muradeli, producer I.Tumanov
- 1978 — ballet «The Guelder Rose». The Bolshoi Theatre.
music by E.Svetlanov, stage design — I.Lebeshev
- 1979 — dances in the opera-ballet «Called up by the Revolution», The Bolshoi Theatre, music by E.Lazarev, producer B.Pokrovsky, stage design — V.Levental
- 1981 — ballet «The Wooden Prince». The Bolshoi Theatre, music by B.Bartok, stage design — S.Benediktov
- 1983 — dances in the opera «Ephigenia in Avlid». The Bolshoi Theatre, music by K.Gluck, producer by V.Milkov
- 1983 -dances in the opera «Abduction of the Moon». The Bolshoi Theatre, music by L.Taktashvili, producer B.Pokrovsky, second redaction
- 1983 — ballet «The Spring Tale». Sofia People’s Opera, Bulgaria, music by P.Tchaikovsky, stage design S.Benediktov
- 1985 — sportive-theatrical performance «Ice Ball»,Olympic flail, Festival of Youth and Students in Moscow
- 1985 — ballet The Knight of the Rueful Countenance. The Bolshoi Theatre, music by R.Strauss, stage design S.Benediktov
- 1985 — ballet Sketches. The Bolshoi Theatre.music by A.Schnitke, stage design S.Benediktov1985 — dances in the opera Novel about the Real Man. The Bolshoi Theatre, music by S.Prokofiev, producer G.Ansimov
- 1986 — ballet The Twelve Chairs. Opera and Ballet Theatre named after M.Glinka, Tchelyabinsk. music by G.Gladkov, stage design M.Sokolova.
- 1986 — ballet Timur and his Company, Moscow Choreographic School at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses, music by V.Agafonnikov, stage design — V.Levental.
- 1987 — ballet Sketches. Sofia People’s Opera, Bulgaria. music by A.Schnitke, stage design S.Benediktov
- 1988 — dances in the opera-ballet Mlada. The Bolshoi Theatre. music by N.Rimsky-Korsakov, producer B.Pokrovsky, stage design- V.Levental
- 1988 — production of the Soiree Maya (in honour of Maya Plisetskaya), USA, Boston
- 1989 — dances in the opera Daughter, farther and guitar-player.
Theatre of Drama and Comedy at Taganka, producer Y.Lubimov
- 1989 — opera Rigoletto. The Bolshoi Theatre in the Kremlin Palace of Congresses. music by D.Verdi, producer A.Mikk
- 1990 — opera The Night before Christmas. The Bolshoi Theatre. music by N.Rimsky-Korsakov, producer A.Titel
- 1992 — ballet «Ruslan and Ludmila». The Kremlin Ballet.music by M.Glinka, redaction V.Agafonnikov, stage design — M.Sokolova
- 1993 — ballet «Nutcracker», The Kremlin Ballet.music by P.Tchaikovsky, stage design- B.Messerer, costumes — O.Polyanskaya
- 1995 — ballet «Napoleon Bonaparte». The Kremlin Ballet.music by T.Khrennikov, stage design- S.Benediktov, costumes-O.Polyanskaya
- 1996 — ballet «Zeus». The Kremlin Ballet.music by D.Arapis, stage design — V.Volsky and R.Volsky
- 1997- ballet «The Swan Lake». The Kremlin Ballet.music by P.Tchaikovsky, stage design-S.Benediktov, costumes- O.Polyanskaya
- 1997 — ballet-diptych «Nevsky Prospect» (Portrait, Sketches). The Kremlin Ballet.music by D.Shostakovitch (Act 1) and A.Schnitke (Act 2), stage design -S.Benediktov
- 1998 — ballet «Tom Sawyer». The Kremlin Ballet.music by P.Ovsyannikov, stage design—S.Benediktov, costumes- O.Polyanskaya
- 2000 -ballet «Fantastic Symphony». The Kremlin Ballet.music by G.Berlioz, stage design — V.Arefiev, costumes — O.Polyanskaya
- 2001 — ballet «Coppelia». The Kremlin Ballet.music by L. Delibes, stage design — B. Krasnov, stage artwork — P. Oriniansky, costumes — O. Polyanskaya