Principal dancer of the Bayerisches Staatsballett in Munich and VIP of the dance world!
An Interview by Mihaela Vieru
How did you begin with dance and why?
Both my parents were professional ballet dancers but, due to my family circumstances at that time, they continued to concentrate on Armenian folklore dance instead of classical ballet. My mother was only 17 years old when she gave birth to me on her birthday! She was not able to continue with ballet, due to having children, but therefore continued with Armenian Folklore. At the age of 9 years old I decided to try classical ballet.
Did you like ballet as a young boy?
As a child I was not so interested, as I grew up it was not a question of what I liked or not liked, but just normal for our family. During the first year of dancing, I had to hide that I was going to boxing….it was a personal fight within me whether to do boxing or dancing at that time.
I can remember your very well, many years ago you won the Prix de Lausanne.
Yes, endeed, that was 17 years ago! In 1998 I won the Prix de Lausanne.
You were a revelation, marvelous…everyone was amazed with your incredible talent. How did you cope with all the attention at such a young age?
Well, I think it’s because I had the opportunity to grow up in a dancer’s family, with classical ...
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Photos: Tigran Mikayelyan as Lenski in Onegin © Thomas Kirchgraber
and in Romeo und Jula with Ivy Amista © Charles Tandy