Alexander Katsapov

Principal Dancer

Alexandre Katsapov was born in Leningrad (today St. Petersburg), where he lived until he was twenty. He studied at the Russian Ballet Academy of A. Vaganova and subsequently (in 1993–1996) was engaged at the Mussorgsky State Academic Theatre. Among other roles, he danced Albert in Giselle, the Blue Bird in Sleeping Beauty, the Prince in The Nutcracker, Romeo and Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet, James in La Sylphide and the title role in Petrushka. Since the 1997–1998 season he has been a soloist of the National Theatre in Prague and since 2003 he has been a principal dancer.
He applies both his superlative classical technique and exceptional talent for interpreting character roles. Amongst his greatest successes to date from the classical repertoire are the Prince and Von Rothbart in Swan Lake, The Nutcracker and Sleeping Beauty, Romeo and Mercutio in the ballet Romeo and Juliet, Abderakhman in Raymonda, Albert in Giselle by the English choreographer Christopher Hampson and the title role in Libor Vaculík´s Faust. From the modern repertoire he has to date captured the greatest attention for his performances in Jiří Kylián’s choreographies The Child and Magic, Field Mass, Sinfonietta, Return to a Strange Land and Petite Mort, and solo parts in the ballet mixed bills Americana II and Americana III, The Butterfly Effect, Songs of the Earth, Family Album, Mozart? Mozart!, Czech Ballet Symphony, The rite Of Spring, Extreme, Moonshine.
Alexandre Katsapov has displayed his talent for rendering character roles in Libor Vaculík’s productions as the Liftboy-Death in Isadora Duncan – The Story of a Famous Dancer, Johannes Friedemann in the dance double-bill Little Mr Friedemann / Psycho, the 1st Member of the Cabaret in Some Like It… and Alfonso of Aragon in the music-dance story Lucrezia Borgia. At the premiere of Americana II in January 2002 he danced alongside Daria Klimentová in the role of Oedipus in Tetley’s choreography Sphinx, with his performance receiving critical acclaim. Audiences can also see him in the role of the Devil in the new version of the ballet The Nutcracker – A Christmas Carol, as Mercutio in Romeo and Juliet and Rodrigo in Othello by the choreographer Youri Vàmos, Jirikin the children’s ballet Goldilocks by the choreographer Jan Kodet, Don José in Mats Ek´s Carmen, the lead roles of the ballets The Taming of the Shrew and Onegin by the world-famous John Cranko, Carabosse in  Javier Torres´s The Sleeping Beauty, as well as in August Bournonville’s ballets La Sylphide as James and Napoli as Gennaro.
He also dances the Slave in Pas de troisfrom Le Corsaire. Furthermore, he has performed in George Balanchine’s Tchaikovsky, Pas de deux and Theme and Variations, Christopher Bruce´s Rooster, William Forsythe´s In The Middle Somewhat Elevated. In Petr Zuska’s choreography Ibbur, or A Prague Mystery he has sensitively rendered the character of I/Patient at the Asylum and in Zuska’s Brel – Vysotsky – Kryl / Solo for Three he excelled in the lead male role (nomination for the Komerční banka Award).
In 1995 he won second prize at the Sanlam international competition in Pretoria, South Africa. In 2002 he was awarded the Thalia Award for his portrayal of the Tsar in the balletIvan the Terrible by the choreographer and stage director Libor Vaculík, and one year later was nominated for the Thalia Prize for the role of Petruchio in the ballet The Taming of the Shrew. In 2003 Alexandre Katsapov won the Philip Morris Ballet Flower Award for the best classical dance ballet artist in the CzechRepublic. He has been voted the most popular dancer in the CzechRepublic for five successive years.
In 2004 he took part in the international dance festival in Riga. In 2005 he performed at a gala evening to mark the 85th anniversary of the Slovak National Theatre Ballet in Bratislava in the choreography Les Bras de Mer. He has appeared as a regular guest of the National Theatre Ballet in Bratislava, Brno and and at the Metropolitan Hall in Taiwan in the ballet The Lady of the Camellias (choreography: Allen Yu).
He also participated in tours of Germany, Spain, Finland, Italy, Portugal, Malta, Russia, Taiwan and the USA.