Ballet master of the National Theatre Ballet He graduated in 1978 from the Ballet Department of the State Music Academy in Kazan (Tartarstan). In the same year he was engaged as a soloist at the State Theatre of Opera and Ballet, where he worked until 1992. In this period he enacted a host of lead roles of both the classical and modern repertoire, among them: Adam in Creation of the World, Baltyr in the ballet Shurale, the Prince in The Nutcracker, Sleeping Beauty and Swan Lake, James in La Sylphide, the Poet in Les Sylphides, Albert in Giselle and Solor in Bayadére. Between 1992 and 1994, upon the invitation of Pavel Šmok, he worked for the Prague Chamber Ballet. There he danced solos in the choreographies Trio g moll, From My Life, Rossiniada. In 1994 Igor Žukov became a soloist of Prague’s National Theatre Ballet and after three years joined the Laterna magika theatre. Audiences could see him in the role of Casanova in the eponymous ballet and in the lead roles of the ballets Odysseus, Puzzles and Magic Circus. In 2000 he returned to the stage of the National Theatre, where he danced the Prince in Cinderella, Albert in Giselle, the Bluebird in Sleeping Beauty, Espada in Don Quixote, the First Member of the Cabaret Group in Some Like It…, Baghira in the ballet Mowgli, Abderachman in Raymonda, Alan in Wary in Vain and solos in Americana I and II, and also in Jiří Kylián’s choreographies Field Mass and The Child and Magic. In 1987–1989 he performed as a guest at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Since 2001 he has taught at the National Theatre Ballet, where at present he works as a ballet master. As a soloist and ballet master, Igor Žukov has collaborated with a host of leading choreographers, among them Boris Bregvadze, Vladimir Vasiliev, Nikita Dolgushin, Rudolf Nureyev, Yuri Grigorovich, Youri Vàmos, Christopher Hampson and Jiří Kylián.