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Nina Timofeeva

Nina Timofeeva Russian former ballet dancer

Russian former ballet dancer
The basics
Quick Facts
Intro Russian former ballet dancer
Was Dancer Ballet dancer
From Russia Israel Russia
Type Dancing
Gender female
Birth 11 June 1935, Saint Petersburg, Russia
Death 3 November 2014, Jerusalem, Jerusalem District, Israel (aged 79 years)
Spouse: Kirill Molchanov
The details

Nina Vladimirovna Timofeeva (Russian: Нина Владимировна Тимофеева; 11 June 1935 – 3 November 2014) was a Russian ballet dancer.

Timofeeva was born in Leningrad and graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 1953. She made her theatrical debut as a student in 1951, as Masha in Tchaikovsky’s The Nutcracker. From 1953 to 1956 she was a soloist with the Mariinsky Theatre in Saint Petersburg, and after that became a soloist with the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow. Her major roles included

  • Odette-Odile in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (1956, 1970)
  • Kitri in Minkus’ Don Quixote (1959)
  • The Mistress of the Copper Mountain in Prokofiev's The Tale of the Stone Flower (1959)
  • Aurora (1964) and Lilac Fairy (1977) in Tchaikovsky’s The Sleeping Beauty (1964)
  • Mekhmene-Banu in Melikov’s Legend of Love (1965)
  • Leili in Balasanian’s Leili and Medzhnun (1965)
  • Frigina (1958) and Aegina (1968) in Khachaturian’s Spartacus
  • Macbeth in Molchanov's Macbeth (1980)

P Timofeeva was married to composer Kirill Molchanov (1922–1982) who wrote music for some of her ballets. In 1980 she graduated from the Russian Academy of Theatre Arts and in 1989–91 worked as a choreographer for the Bolshoi Theater. In 1991 she moved to Israel, together with her daughter Nadya, who is also a professional ballet dancer. Two years later she published her memoirs, The World of Ballet.


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