Yelena Andrienko

Yelena Andrienko

Bolshoi Ballet Theatre Dancer


Yelena Andrienko was born in Kiev in 1972. After graduating with honours from the Moscow Academic Choreography School in 1991, she was admitted to the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theatre. Her first teacher-repetiteur in the company was Marina Semyonova, and Ludmila Semenyaka today. In 1995, she received a Master’s degree in Choreography from the Moscow Academy of Choreography.

Her successfully performed repertoire, including lyrical, romantic and comic-grotesque roles, spans many choreographic styles including Petipa, Fokin, Balanchin’s and Kranko’s to  Grigorovich’s, Vasiliev’s and Lavrovsky’s choreographies. She successfully combines her actor’s mastery with a brilliant use of classical dance techniques.

Some of the lead and solo roles that Andrienko include: Myrtha (Giselle choreography by  Grigorowich), Katarina (The Taming of the Shrew choreography by John Cranko), the Sylph and Effie (La Sylphide), Kitri (Don Quixote), Princess Florine (Sleeping Beauty) and Marie (The Nutcracker), Odette-Odile (Swan Lake). She also performed Mazurka Waltz in Chopeniane choreography by Fokin, Symphony in C and Agon, choreography by G. Balanchine, Ramze in La Fille du Pharaon choreography by Lacotte.

Andrienko was the first performer of the Bolshoi Theatre premiere performances of: Swan-Princess in Swan Lake (choreography Vasiliev), Lady of his Heart in A Fantasy on Kasanova Theme (choreography Lavrovsky), Priest’s Daughter in Balda (choreography Vasiliev), Snow-white in Snow-white (choreography Mayorov), Duet in opera La Traviata (choreography Vasiliev), and young gypsy-girls in Matadore (choreography Lavrovsky).

Andrienko travels and performs with the Bolshoi company abroad and has a wide concert repertoire. She was the 2nd prize-winner of the VII international Ballet Dancers Competition of Moscow (1993) as well as at First International Serge Lifar Ballet Dancers Competition in Kiev (1994).