Magazine article Pointe

At Home on the Stage

Magazine article Pointe

At Home on the Stage

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Ivan Putrov fulfills his destiny at The Royal Ballet.

When you first meet Ivan Putrov, the 25-year-old Ukrainian principal with The Royal Ballet in London, you are drawn to the intensity of his cat-shaped, hazel-green eyes.

Next you notice his Slavic features, slender muscular frame and perfectly proportioned limbs. Then you see him move, and you know without a doubt that he was destined for the stage.

"I danced before I was born, when I was inside my mother," says Putrov. "My mother, Nataliya Berezina, was a ballerina with the National Ballet of Ukraine. My father, Olexander Putrov, was a soloist. Dance is in my blood. Theater is all I've ever known. I can't imagine ever doing anything else."

Groomed for the stage by his parents at a very young age and trained by the National Ballet School in Kiev, Putrov's talent was evident long before he won the Prix de Lausanne and the Serge Lifar international ballet competitions at the age of 16. A year later, he received a scholarship to The Royal Ballet School. He joined The Royal Ballet in 1998 and was promoted to principal in 2002. Since then, he's garnered several more awards, including the gold medal at the Nijinsky Festival and the 2002 Critics' Circle Dance Award for Outstanding Young Male Dancer.

Putrov is drawn to roles that allow him to express himself and discover sides of his character that he has not yet explored. "There have only been a few roles that I've danced that have really changed me," he says. "One of them is George Balanchine's Prodigal Son and the other is Glen Tetley's Pierrot lunaire. I let myself come out through these characters. …

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