Vladimir Mikhailovich Zakharov

Vladimir Mikhailovich Zakharov[1] (Russian: Влади́мир Миха́йлович Заха́ров; 5 July 1946 – 14 July 2013) was a Russian choreographer, founder, Chief Choreographer and Artistic Director of Moscow National Academic Theater of Dance Gzhel[2] and Moscow Ballet Academy Gzhel,[3] Ph.D. in Study of Culture, Academician, Director of the University of Dance[4] under the Academy of Slavic Culture,[5] People's Artist of the Russian Federation, Honoured Artist of Dagestan Republic,People's Artist of The North Ossetia-Alaniya Republic.


Vladimir M. Zakharov was born on 5 July 1946 in a small Russian village of Murzitsy in the Sechenovsky District.

From 1960 to 1964 he studied at Choreography Department of Kaliningrad(Sovetsk-town) Regional College of Culture. After he had graduated from the college, he studied several years at Leningrad.

After graduating from the Institute in 1969, he started his professional career as Chief Choreographer with Volzhsky National Russian Folk Choir in Kuybishev city (now Samara city) on the Volga River.

From 1970 until his death in 2013, Vladimir Zakharov successfully developed his career in choreography and ballet education. For three years (1970–1973) he worked as choreography coach at the College of Arts in Kirov city (now Vyatka city). In 1974 he staged choreography pieces for ossetiasn Dance Group "Alan" in Ordzhonikidze (now Vladikavkaz). From 1973-1974 he was teaching choreography at Samara University of Culture.

He also started his career as ballet administrator with the Ministry of Culture of Russia (1974–1975).

From 1975 to 1980 Vladimir worked as a Chief Choreographer of the Soviet Army Dance and Song Theatre in Dresden, East Germany.

It was in 1980 when he created together with famous singer Alexandra Prokoshina, the Russian Folk Dance and Song Group "Iskorka" (i.e. "sparkly" ) in Kotelnichesky oblast(region) of Vyatka-city. He worked with Iskorka till 1986.

At the same time (1986–1988), Vladimir Zakharov headed and administrated national choreography at Rosconcert (i.e.all Russian concert - organizing administration) in Moscow.

At that time he was recognized as one of the leading Russian national choreographers: he was merited by his first national title of "Honoured Artist of Russia" and staged the official government concert at the Kremlin Palace of Congresses in 1987.

In 1988 Vladimir Zakharov founded his theatre of dance "GZHEL" (now Moscow National Academic Theatre of Dance "GZHEL").

Since that time, his creative spirit and ideas, professional career, administrative skills, profound cultural knowledge and high educational mastercraft in ballet and choreography - he devoted to the Theatre of Dance Gzhel, to young ballet "sparkles" formation through the Ballet Academy he established under the Theatre Gzhel and to the global promotion of Russian Ballept and Russian National Culture and Traditions.


On 14 July 2013, Zakharov died at the age of 67.[6]

Awards and titles[]

Russian national honorary titles
Russian national honorary awards
Orthodox Church honorary awards

Organization for the deeds for the Church and for promoting and revival of historical Slavic traditions;

keeping and developing of Sts. Cyril and Methodius heritage,international peace and friendship;

Award of Patriarch of Moscow and All Russia Alexis II;

International honorary awards and titles
Academic degrees, titles and awards
Artistic organizations, journals, competition prizes and awards

was founded in Vyatka by the Ministry of Culture of RF, Ministry of Education of RF, State Russian House of People Creative Work.

Publications (books, treatises)


Staged ballets, concert programs for the Theatre of Dance Gzhel

More than 100 choreography works and compositions were created for the below concert programs:

Ballets and concert programs staged for other theatres

Chioreography by Vladimir Zakharov for the Ballet Theatre of Vyatka.


  1. ^ Who is Who in Russia official Website
  2. ^ "Official website of the Theater of Dance Gzhel in Russian". Archived from the original on 2009-12-15. Retrieved 2010-02-22.
  3. ^ Official website of Moscow Ballet Academy in Russian
  4. ^ Official website of the University of Dance
  5. ^ Official website of The State Academy of Slavic Culture GASK
  6. ^ ИТАР-ТАСС : Скончался создатель и бессменный художественный руководитель театра танца "Гжель" Владимир Захаров (in Russian)
  7. ^ ru:список народных артистов РСФСР за 1991 год
  8. ^ CIOFF official website http://www.cioff.org/
  9. ^ official website of IOV http://www.iov-world.com

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