Studio photography.
Studio photography.
As Ivan in The Little Humpbacked Horse.Photo from the artist's archive.
As Ivan in The Little Humpbacked Horse.
Photo from the artist's archive.
Preparing the role of Crasuss.Ilze Liepa, Boris Akimov, Maris Liepa? Yuri Grigorovicn.Photo from the artist's archive.
Preparing the role of Crasuss.
Ilze Liepa, Boris Akimov, Maris Liepa? Yuri Grigorovicn.
Photo from the artist's archive.
As Crassus in Spartacus.Photo from the artist's archive.
As Crassus in Spartacus.
Photo from the artist's archive.
As Crassus in Spartacus.Photo by Vladimir Pchyolkin.
As Crassus in Spartacus.
Photo by Vladimir Pchyolkin.
In Chopiniana.Photo by Dmitry Kulikov.
In Chopiniana.
Photo by Dmitry Kulikov.
As The Evil Genius in Swan Lake/Photo by Georgy Soloviyov.
As The Evil Genius in Swan Lake/
Photo by Georgy Soloviyov.
As Prince Kurbsky in Ivan the Terrible.Natalia Bessmertnova as Anastasia.Photo by Larisa Pedenchuk.
As Prince Kurbsky in Ivan the Terrible.
Natalia Bessmertnova as Anastasia.
Photo by Larisa Pedenchuk.
As Prince Kurbsky in Ivan the Terrible.Photo by Alexander Makarov.
As Prince Kurbsky in Ivan the Terrible.
Photo by Alexander Makarov.
As Kleon in Icarus.Photo from the artist's archive.
As Kleon in Icarus.
Photo from the artist's archive.
As Sergei in Angara.Lyudmila Semenyaka as Valentina.Photo from the artist's archive.
As Sergei in Angara.
Lyudmila Semenyaka as Valentina.
Photo from the artist's archive.
As Emperor Pavel in Lieutenant Kijé.Raisa Struchkova as Maid of Honor.Photo from the artist's archive.
As Emperor Pavel in Lieutenant Kijé.
Raisa Struchkova as Maid of Honor.
Photo from the artist's archive.
As Nerso in Gayane.Photo from the artist's archive.
As Nerso in Gayane.
Photo from the artist's archive.
Giving a lesson. Photo from the artist's archive.
Giving a lesson. Photo from the artist's archive.

Awards

1965— 3d prize at the International Ballet Competition in Varna (Bulgaria)

1974 — Moscow Komsomol Prize

1976 — Merited Artist of the RSFSR (Russian Federation)

1977 — State Prize of the USSR for performing the part of Sergey in the ballet Angara

1978 — Lenin Komsomol Prize

1980 — The Order of the Badge of Honour

1976 — People’s Artist of the RSFSR

1989 — People’s Artist of the USSR

2001 — The Order of Honour

2005 — The Order of Friendship


						

Biography

He was born in Vienna, 25 June 1946. In 1965, after graduation from the Moscow Choreographic School (now the Moscow State Choreographic Academy) where he studied under Maris Liepa among other teachers, he joined the Ballet Company of the Bolshoi Theater. He perfected his excellence under the guidance of a renowned dancer and a teacher Alexei Ermolaev.

Thanks to his acting talent, powerful temperament and expressiveness of his performing style Akimov was an indispensable participant of premiers from modern repertoire.

In 1979 Boris Akimov graduated from the pedagogical faculty of the Russian University of Theatre Arts (GITIS) n.a. A.V. Lunacharsky (now RATI/ The Russian Academy of theatrical arts).

In 1980-1988 he taught at that University (Department of Choreography)

Since 1989 he is a ballet master- repetiteur with the Bolshoi Theater. Moreover, he acted in this capacity at London’s Covent Garden, Milan’s La Scala, Asami Maki Ballet Tokyo, Vienna State Opera, Hamburg State Opera, Bavarian State Opera (Munich), Royal Danish Ballet (Copenhagen), Opera National de Paris, Mariinsky State Academic Theatre, Basel Ballet, Switzerland, National Ballet of Holland (Amsterdam) and London Royal School.

He starred in the film-ballet A Terrible Epoch (after the ballet Ivan the Terrible, directors Y. Grigorovich and V. Derbenev, 1978) and in the tele-version of Swan Lake (1983)ю

He writes music, as far back as in Soviet times he released a disc of vocal lyrics (on Sergey Esenin verses).

In 2000-2003 Boris Akimov was the Artistic Director of the Bolshoi Theater Ballet Company.

In 2001-2005 he was the professor of the male classical and duet-classical dance Department at the Moscow State Choreographic Academy, in 2001-02 he was an acting Rector of the Academy and in 2002-05 — its Artistic Director.

At present he is the teacher-repetiteur of the soloists Yan Godovsky, Morihiro Iwata, Ilya Ryzhakov, Dmitry Rykhlov, Gennady Yanin and other dancers.

Repertoire

Geologist (Geologists by N. Karetnikov, production by N. Kasatkina and V. Vasilev, 1966)

Ilyas (Asel by V. Vlasov, production by O. Vinogradov, 1967)

Ivanushka (Rodion Shchedrin’s The Humpbacked Horse; choreography by A. Radunsky, 1968)

Crassus (A. Khachaturian’s Spartacus, choreography by Yuri Grigorovich, 1968)

Soloist (Chopiniana to music by F. Chopin, choreography by M. Fokine, 1969)

Count Albrecht (Giselle, choreography by J. Coralli, J. Perrot and M. Petipa in L. Lavrovsky version, 1970) — appeared in this role on the Bolshoi Theatre tour in Australia

Evil genius (Swan Lake, choreography by A. Gorsky, M. Petipa, L.Ivanov. in Y. Grigorovich version, 1969) — creator of the role

Prince (Swan Lake, choreography by A. Gorsky, M. Petipa, L.Ivanov. A. Messerer, 1972)

Prince Siegfried (Swan Lake, choreography by Y. Grigorovich, 1973)

Prince Kurbsky ( Ivan the Terrible, Y. Grigorovich production, 1975) — creator of the role

Kleon ( Icarus by S. Sloniumsky, V. Vasiliev production, the 2nd version, 1976) — creator of the role

Sergey (Angara by A. Eshpai, Y. Grigorovich production, 1976)

Pavel (Leutenant Kije to music by S. Prokofiev, choreography by A. Lapauri and O. Tarasova, 1977)

Hans (Giselle, 1977)

Strolls (These magic sounds to music by G. Torelli, F. Corelli, J.F. Rameau and W.I. Mozart, V. Vasiliev production, 1978) — creator of the role

Khorud (Indian poem, production by M. Scott, Y. Papko, 1981) — creator of the role

Nerso (Gayane by A. Khachaturian, M. Martirosyan production, 1984) — creator of the role