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Michael Messerer

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Michael Messerer (Known in Russia as Messerer, Mikhail Grigorievich, Russian: Михаил Григорьевич Мессерер, born December 24, 1948, son of Sulamith Messerer) is a Soviet and British ballet dancer, choreographer, teacher.

Michael Messerer
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Native nameМихаил Григорьевич Мессерер
Born24 December 1948
Moscow, USSR
🏳️ Nationality
🏳️ Citizenship Soviet Union→ United Kingdom
💼 Occupation
ballet dancer, ballet teacher, choreographer
📆 Years active  1968 - Present
🌐 Websitehttp://www.michaelmesserer.com/


Michael (Mikhail Grigorievich) Messerer was born on December 24, 1948. Father - motorcycle and racing stunt driver Grigory Emmanuilovich Levitin, the founder of the Soviet school of figure-acrobatic riding on a vertical wall, performed with an attraction "Automotors and Motorcycles on a Vertical Wall" in Moscow’s Gorky Park[1].

Mikhail Messerer graduated from the Moscow Bolshoi Ballet School in 1968. In 1969 he was accepted into the troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre. He also performed as a guest artist with the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, National Theatre Ballet (Prague) and others.

In 1978 he graduated from Russian Academy of Theatre Arts and received the qualification of Ballet Teacher.

In 1980, together with his mother, Sulamith Messerer, he did not return to the USSR from a foreign tour[2]. Since that time, he has taught at the American Ballet Theatre, Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala Theatre in Milan, Monte Carlo Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, the Mariinsky Theatre and the Mikhailovsky Theatre, as well as many other ballet troupes in the world. For over 25 years, since the early 1980s, he worked as the Company guest teacher of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, London. As choreographer-restorer and editor Michael Messerer works mainly with classical choreography. In 2007, Michael Messerer restored his uncle Asaf Messerer’s 1969 ballet "Class-Concert" at the Bolshoi Theatre.

On May 19, 2009 he became Ballet Master-in-Chief of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St.Petersburg[3]. From May to October 2009 he worked in cooperation with Farukh Ruzimatov, who held the post of Artistic Director of the ballet company. In 2011 (until 2013), the Artistic Director of the Mikhailovsky Ballet company was Nacho Duato, while Michael Messerer continued his work as the Ballet Master-in-Chief of the Theatre. In 2019, Messerer became Principal Guest Ballet Master of the Milkhailovsky Theatre. Among the performances staged by Messerer at the Mikhailovsky Theatre are “Swan Lake” (2009), “Laurencia” (2010), “Don Quixote” (2012), “The Flames of Paris” (2013), “Le Corsaire” (2015), “Cinderella” (2017).


"La Bayadere" by L. Minkus (Beijing, Ankara)

"Cinderella" by S. Prokofiev (Tokyo) - together with S. Messerer

"Swan Lake" by P.I. Tchaikovsky (Gothenburg)

"The Nutcracker" by P.I. Tchaikovsky (Luxemburg)

"Class Concert", Bolshoi Theatre (2007)

"Swan Lake", Mikhailovsky Theatre (2009)

"Laurencia", Mikhailovsky Theatre (2010), Hungarian National Ballet (2020)

“Don Quixote”, Mikhailovsky Theatre (2012), Rome Opera House (2013), Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (2016), Hungarian National Ballet (2016)

"The Flames of Paris", Mikhailovsky Theatre (2013), Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (2015)

"La Fille mal gardee", Mikhailovsky Theatre (2014) - together with M. O'Hare

"Le Corsaire", Mikhailovsky Theatre (2015)

"Cinderella", Mikhailovsky Theatre (2017)

"Coppelia", Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre (2018), Mikhailovsky Theatre (2020)

"The Little Humpbacked Horse", Mikhailovsky Theatre (2021)



  1. "The Messerer Dynasty | The Arts Desk". www.theartsdesk.com. Retrieved 2017-11-30.
  2. "Михаил Мессерер: жизнь как триллер". bolshoi.ru. Retrieved 2017-11-28.
  3. "Mikhail Messerer - Mikhailovsky Theatre St Petersburg". www.mikhailovsky.ru (in русский). Retrieved 2017-11-30.

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