Viktor Plotnikov

Born in Ukraine, Plotnikov received his training at the Kiev’s National Ballet Academy and the St. Petersburg’s Vaganova Ballet Academy. From 1987 to 1990, he was a soloist with Donetsk Ballet Company in the Ukraine. Plotnikov held principal dancer positions at Ballet Mississippi and Tulsa Ballet Theatre between 1990 and 1993, before joining Boston Ballet as a principal dancer in 1993, where he performed until 2006. He has danced major roles in extensive classical and contemporary ballets by many of the major choreographers, and has toured extensively in Russia and the US. In 1998 Plotnikov’s extensive performance career lead to choreographic inspiration. He has since created original, commissioned works for companies including Boston Ballet, Cincinnati Ballet, Pittsburg Ballet Theatre, Richmond Ballet, New Jersey Ballet, First State Ballet Theatre, Festival Ballet Providence.From 2002 to 2005, he received rave reviews for his choreography and as co-director and co-producer of the choreographer’s showcase Raw Dance in collaboration with Boston Ballet and Boston Center for the Arts. Plotnikov has created a myriad of original works for numerous organizations and individuals, often to great acclaim. These include solos and duets performed at International Gala Performances and as part of international ballet competitions, with musical taste ranging from Brahms to Pink Floyd. Awards include “Best Choreography” at Helsinki International Ballet Competition, World Ballet Competition, Orlando; Outstanding Choreography at Youth American Grand Prix Competition; Beijing International Ballet Competition; Perm International Ballet Competition, Russia.In 2003, Festival Ballet Providence Artistic Director Mihailo Djuric commissioned Plotnikov to create an original version of Carmen, his first full length ballet. That success lead to numerous ensuing commissioned works for the company, including: The Widow’s Broom (2004, based on the story by Chris Van Allsburg, with original score by Alexandra Vrebalov), Loof and Let Dime; Viktorations (2006), the overwhelming critically acclaimed Coma and Cinderella (2007), Atomand Sun Dust (2009), Surrender (2010), Orchis 2013 (original score by Sonya Belousova), Sharps and Flats (2014). In 2010, Djuric named him Festival Ballet Providence Resident Choreographer.