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Mikhail Kaniskin

Principal Dancer, Staatsballett Berlin

Bolshoi Ballet School, Moscow, Russia, 1988 – 1995
John Cranko School at Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart, Germany, 1995 – 1997

  • Awarded a scholarship from Prix de Lausanne Ministry of Culture, Stuttgart, Germany, 1999 – 2001
  • Received a diploma in Ballet Pedagogy, Ballet Master Certification

Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart, Germany, 1997 – 2007

  • Corps de Ballet, 1997 – 2001
  • Demi-Soloist, 2001 – 2002
  • Soloist, 2002 – 2004
  • Principal Dancer, 2004 – 2007

Berlin State Opera Ballet, Berlin, Germany, 2007 – Present

  • Principal Dancer, 2007 – Present

Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart, Germany, 1997 – 2007

  • John Cranko: “Onegin” (Lensky), “Romeo and Juliet” (Romeo, Mercutio, Benvolio), “Peome de l’Extase”, “Swan Lake” (Siegfried)
  • Reid Anderson/Valentina Savina: “Giselle” (Albrecht, Peasant Pas de Deux)
  • John Neumeier: “The Lady of The Camellias” (Amand, Des Grieux), “Streetcar Named Desire” (Allen Gray)
  • Marcia Haydee: “Sleeping Beauty” (Prince Desire)
  • David Bintley: “Edward II”
  • George Balanchine: “Symphony in C” (1st and 4th movement), “Theme and Variations” (Solo), “Four Temperaments” (Sanguinic, Meloncolic), “Tschaikovsky Pas de Deux”, “Stravinsky Violin Concerto”
  • Glen Tetley: “Le Sacre du Printemps”
  • William Forsythe: “Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude”, “In the Middle Somewhat Elevated“, “Love Songs“
  • Jiri Kylian: “Forgotten Land“
  • Uwe Scholz: “Suite“, “7 Symphony“
  • Jerome Robbins: “Dances at a Gathering“ (Brown Boy)
  • Mikhail Fokine: “Les Sylphides“
  • Hans Van Manen: “5 Tangos“, “Kleines Requiem“

Berlin State Opera Ballet, Berlin, Germany, 2007 – Present

  • George Balanchine: “Apollo”
  • Patrice Bart: “Flammende Herz”
  • Patrice Bart: “The Nutcracker”
  • Patrice Bart: “Swan Lake”
  • Mauro Bigonzetti: “Caravaggio”
  • William Forsythe: “Vertiginous Thrill of Exactitude”
  • Vladimir Malakhov: “La Peri”
  • Vladimir Malakhov: “The Sleeping Beauty” (Prince Desire)
  • Kenneth MacMillan: “Manon” (Des Grieux)
  • Patrice Bart: “Giselle” (Albrecht)
  • Peter Schaufuss: “La Sylphide” (James)
  • Clark Tippet: “Bruch Violin Concerto 1”

World Premieres

  • Mauro Bigonzetti: “Kazimir Colors“
  • Itzik Galili “Hikarizetto“
  • Christian Spuck: “Lulu – A Monstre Tragedy“, “Nocturne“, “Carlotta’s Portrait“, “Le Grand Pas de Deux“, “La Peau Blanche“, “The Seventh Blue“
  • Kevin O´Day: “Dream Deep Down“
  • Douglas Lee: “Aubade“, “Cindys Gift“
  • Jean Christophe Blavier: “A Midsummer Night`s Dream”, “E=mc2 “

Opera House Zagreb, Zagreb, Croatia, 2004 – “The Sleeping Beauty” (Prince Desire)
Sarajevo Opera House, Bosnia and Herzegovina, 2005 – “Swan Lake” (Prince Siegfried)
Teatro Colon y Teatro de La Plata, Buenos Aires, Argentina, 2006 – “The Sleeping Beauty” (Prince Desire)
Miami Ballet Festival, Florida, USA, 2005 and 2006
“Ballet Festival Napoli,”  Napoli, Italy, 2006
“Stars of the 21st Century,” Toronto, Canada, 2007
“Ballet Stars Gala,” Taipei, Taiwan, 2007, 2008, 2009
“International Ballet Festival Kazan,” Russia, 2008
Youth America Grand Prix’s “Peter the Great” Gala, New York, USA
Mariinsky Ballet, St. Petersburg, St. Petersburg, Russia, 2009 – “Swan Lake” (Prince Siegfried)
“Igor Kolb Gala,” Tokyo, Japan, 2009
“Stars of the 21st Century,” Bucharest, Romania, 2009

Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart, Germany, 1997 – 2007

  • Appearance in the United States, Hong Kong, Thailand, Japan, Korea, Italy, France, Egypt, and Luxembourg


  • Fluent in German, English, Russian and Spanish


  • Assisted in the organization for Tanz-Olymp, Berlin, Germant, 2008
  • Helped to produce a Gala Concert at the Russian Embassy, Berlin, Germany, 2008


Stuttgart Ballet, Stuttgart, Germany

  • Rehearsed and Coached Soloists for International Galas, 2006

Mariinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, Russia

  • Set Christian Spucks “Le Grand Pas de Deux“ on Principal Dancers, 2007

T and V Company, California, USA

  • Summer intensive Teacher, 2008, 2009


Event With The Stars 2009
Evening with the Stars 2013 (scheduled)