From a media release:
2011 National Arts Centre Award-Winner,
Ballet Jörgen Canada Welcomes First Artist-in-Residence Grigory Popov of Russia's Mariinsky Ballet
Toronto ON – Bengt Jörgen, artistic director and CEO of Ballet Jörgen Canada, is proud to announce today’s arrival of the company’s first Artist-in-Residence, Grigory Popov—direct from Russia’s Mariinsky Ballet Company. Grigory, a graduate of the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet and an international winner of the Vaganova-Prix International Competition, will be joining the company for the 25th Anniversary year.
"We are extremely pleased to have Grigory dance the lead role of the Prince during our 25th Anniversary presentation of Swan Lake.” says Bengt. “His past performances at the Mariinsky Ballet have received rave reviews. We are very fortunate to have such a talented and powerful dancer performing with our company."
Grigory adds, "This is my first experience of this kind—I have been touring with Mariinsky Ballet Company all over the world, including Canada, for more than 10 years... and this is my first opportunity to work for a foreign ballet company, especially during its jubilee season. I look forward to dancing the principal role in Swan Lake and am very excited to try Bengt Jörgen's choreography."
Grigory is well-known for his electric vigor and his ability to hold soaring jumps. Paula Citron, of the Globe and Mail has written that Grigory "seems capable of holding his legs in any position once he leaves the floor and sails into the air". Alexandra Tomalonis of danceviewtimes.com describes Grigory jumps as godlike "… and a body so supple that even his torso danced — … [one of] the performances' glories."
Ballet Jörgen Canada has been revitalizing the Canadian dance scene for 25 years by engaging talented new artists. Please visit balletjorgencanda.ca for regular updates on Grigory’s residency with Ballet Jörgen Canada.