Artur Shesterikov: About The Passion Of Dance
SUISSEPIC and GENEVA DANCE EVENTS would like to introduce Artur Shesterikov, a Russian ballet dancer currently performing with the Het Nationale Ballet (Dutch National Ballet) in Amsterdam. In June of 2018, Artur was invited to perform at the Ballet Gala Night in Geneva.
Born into a ballet family in the Soviet Union, Artur joined the Perm State Opera and Ballet Theatre. Artur’s mother Elena Kulagina was a well known prima ballerina in Russia and abroad. Since an early age, Artur has been dancing principal roles onstage.
In 2007, he was offered to join The Dutch National Ballet, and shortly thereafter was promoted to Principal Dancer. Artur’s dance is his passion as it is based on the incredible delight of performing in front of a grateful audience.
“Following my parents, I have been doing ballet since I was 10 years old. Now, it takes a big part of my life. It’s my job, my hobby, and my passion”
Over his 20 year career, Artur has had many great opportunities to work with some of the best dancers and ballerinas in the world. This includes individuals such as Krzysztof Pastor, Hans Van Manen, John Neumeier, Christopher Wheeldon, Alexei Ratmansky, Natalia Makarova, and the world famous Diana Vishneva (as partner). In 2004, Artur was awarded the “Most Talented Dancer” prize at the “International Ballet Competition Arabesk”.
Being a hard-worker, Artur does not count the number of rehearsals before each performance. As an artist, Artur understands that success is a combination of fundamentals. This would include having a calm, creative mind, which is necessary for having a proper vision of the scenic image, and… a good warm up.
What does it mean to Artur to be on the stage, with thousands of eyes following his every single movement?
“It is really incredible when thousands of eyes keep watching you while you are dancing.”