Mikhail Kaniskin’s career milestones


Step by step, his whole career has been marked by milestones: leaving Russia, being hired by the Stuttgart Ballet and later on by the Staatballett Berlin, creating a dance foundation in Mexico... At the age of 38, Mikhail Kaniskin is a successful dancer. At 5, he discovered dance through the Georgian dances; at 8, he joined the Bolshoi Ballet School. He finished his training at ‘John Cranko’ School in Stuttgart. In 1997, he made his debut with the Stuttgart Ballet, where he was promoted to principal dancer in 2004. There, he met his future wife: Elisa Carrillo Cabrera. In 2007 he moved on to the Staatsballett Berlin. Nowadays Mr. Kaniskin is a beloved husband and father of a baby called Maya while still succeeding further in his own career. In this interview granted to DANCE FOR YOU, Mikhail Kaniskin gives an overview of his astounding career in the Stuttgart Ballet and in the Staatsballett Berlin.

Mikhail Kaniskin in „Jewels“, Foto by Carlos Quezada

At age 38, how do you feel at this point of your career?

At this point of my career, I feel really grateful. First of all, because at the beginning of my career I would have never thought I would be where I am now. Through all my career I’ve had amazing experiences. One of them, to dance in the world’s greatest stages such as Mariinsky, Bolshoi, Deutsche Oper Berlin, Staatsoper Unter den Linden, Stuttgart Opera House and Lincoln Center and may others. Also to perform with some of the greatest ballerinas of our time, and to work with almost all of the greatest choreographers. I feel great and strong, but obviously, the more mature you get, the more you have to work.

Mikhail Kaniskin in “Vertiginous Trill of Exactitude” Ch. Wiliam Forsythe, Photo Maria-Helena Buckley

In your opinion, what is the most important milestone in your career?

The first one, and maybe one of the most important ones, was to leave Russia when I was 15. I left because in the Soviet Union there was the “iron curtain” which just opened by that time and I used that chance to leave. The second one was when I got the contract at the Stuttgart Ballet after joining ‘John Cranko’ Ballet School. I got a full contract in the Stuttgart Ballet, and a few years later I became principal dancer...

Mikhail Kaniskin in “Onegin”, Foto Enrico Nawrath

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