Kazan, Russia

Moscow Choreographic Institute

Previous companies
Moscow Classical Company; The Bolshoi and The Royal Ballet

English National Ballet
Created the role of Drosselmeyer in Christopher Hampson’s Nutcracker and Diego Rivera in Annabelle Lopez Ochoa’s Broken Wings, based upon the life of Mexican painter Frida Kahlo

Repertoire included
Title roles in Grigorovich’s Spartacus, Ivan the Terrible and Romeo & Juliet and created the leading role of Boris in Grigorovich’s The Golden Age, he danced Jean de Brienne in Raymonda and Basilio in Don Quixote having toured with The Bolshoi extensively around the world. In 1990 Irek joined The Royal Ballet where Kenneth MacMillan created Winter Dreams and The Judas Tree for him. His partnership with Viviana Durante became legendary in such roles such as Crown Prince Rudolf inMayerling and Des Grieux/Lescaut in Manon. He danced Solor in Makarova’sBayadère as well as other works by Ashton; Balanchine; Bintley; Fokine; Nijinska; Page and Tuckett. He created the title role in Twyla Tharp’s Mr Worldly Wise

Other info
Irek is married to former Bolshoi ballerina Maria Zubkova and they have two children. He was awarded an OBE in 2000

Supported by the Aud Jebsen International Talent Programme

"The most exciting and powerful male dancer of his day "
Oxford Dictionary of Dance