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Pablo Aharonian


Pablo Aharonian was born in Uruguay, his parents were Armenians. As a highly successful ballet dancer and later as a sought-after ballet master he has left an indelible mark on many ballet companies around the world. As choreologist, using the Benesh Movement Notation (BMN) to record choreographies especially by the Brazilian prima ballerina and choreographer Marcia Haydeé he has devoutly promoted this most precise way of recording dance for over two decades. Pablo is the only choreologist in Latin America.

He always loved music and started his dancing career with Armenian dancers at the age of 12 followed by classical dance studies at 18 under Raoul Severo. He quickly became one of the best. He was a principal with the National Ballet of Uruguay (Sodre), soloist with Teatro alla Scala in Milan, principal with Carla Fracci Ballet Company, Teatro Communale di Bologna and Ballet Santiago in Chile. He was invited as guest principal by the Stuttgart Ballet to dance the role of Offenbach in Maurice Béjart’s Gaîté Parisienne.

Pablo had the opportunity to work with Rudolf Nureyev, Erik Bruhn, Svetlana Beriosova, Ronald Hynd, Ben Stevenson, Natalia Makarova, Marcia Haydée, Richard Cragun, Tamara Grigorieva or Olga Lepeshinskaya and danced in choreographies by Marius Petipa, August Bournonville, John Cranko, Nicholas Beriozoff, Jerome Robbins, Glen Tetley, Uwe Scholz and others.

He was a guest teacher at many prominent places such as Central School of Ballet in London, San Francisco Ballet School, National Ballet Sodre in Uruguay or New Zealand School of Dance. He continues to teach classical dance to this day.

At the age of 43 Pablo Aharonian completed his studies in choreology (the Benesh Movement Notation) in London. He joined the team of Ballet de Santiago in Chile with Ivan Nagy as artistic director. Later when Marcia Haydée took over as director, Pablo became “her” choreologist, responsible for staging her various choreographies around the globe. Haydée’s choreography Sleeping Beauty premiered under his supervision in Ballet Vlaanderen (2006), West Australian Ballet (2010), Royal Swedish Ballet (2012) or Korean National Ballet (2016). He collaborated with her while she was creating her Swan Lake (Ballet Vlaanderen), The Dream of Don Quijote (São Paulo Dance Company), Carmen (Ballet de Santiago). He tought Haydée’s Carmen in Argentina and Uruguay. In 2017 he tought John Cranko’s Taming of the Shrew in Bavarian State Opera in Germany.