Michael Messerer

Ballet Teacher, Choreographer


Michael Messerer, Choreographer and Ballet Teacher

Mikhail Grigorievich Messerer was born on December 24, 1948.

Mother - Sulamith Mikhailovna Messerer, Prima Ballerina of the Bolshoi Ballet, she also held the Soviet swimming record for the 100-metres crawl between 1927 and 1930.

Father - Grigory Emmanuilovich Levitin, motorcycle and racing stunt driver, the founder of the Soviet school of figure-acrobatic riding on a vertical wall, performed with an attraction "Automotors and Motorcycles on a Vertical Wall" in Moscow’s Gorky Park.

Mikhail Messerer graduated from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography in 1968. In 1969 he was accepted into the troupe of the Bolshoi Theatre. He also performed as a guest artist with the Kirov (Mariinsky) Theatre, Perm Opera and Ballet Theatre, National Theatre Ballet in Prague, and others.

In 1978 he graduated from Russian Academy of Theatre Arts and received the qualification of Ballet Teacher.

In 1980, together with his mother, he did not return to the USSR from a foreign tour. Since that time, he has taught at the American Ballet Theatre, the Paris Opera Ballet, La Scala Theatre in Milan, Monte Carlo Ballet, English National Ballet, Birmingham Royal Ballet, Royal Swedish Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, the Bolshoi Theatre, the Mariinsky Theatre, and the Mikhailovsky Theatre, as well as many other ballet companies in the world. For over 25 years, since the early 1980s, he worked as the Company guest teacher of the Royal Ballet Covent Garden, London.

As choreographer-restorer and editor Mikhail Messerer works mainly with classical choreography. In 2007, Mikhail Messerer restored his uncle Asaf Messerer’s 1959 ballet “Class Concert” at the Bolshoi Theatre.

In the season of 2008-09, Mikhail Messerer became Ballet Master-in-Chief of the Mikhailovsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

Among the productions staged by Messerer at the Mikhailovsky Theatre are “Swan Lake” (2009), “Laurencia” (2010), “Don Quixote” (2012), “The Flames of Paris” (2013), “Le Corsaire” (2015), “Cinderella” (2017), “Coppelia” (2020), “The Little Humpbacked Horse” (2021).

The Press

The Times
Laurencia at the London Coliseum
The Sunday Telegraph
Swan Lake
The Sunday Express
Laurencia, St Petersburg ★★★★★
The Guardian
Don Quixote ★★★★★
The Observer
La Fille mal gardée ★★★★★
The Arts Desk
The Messerer Dynasty
The Sunday Times
Bolshoi and Mikhailovsky, London
The Sunday Express
La Sylphide ★★★★★
The Seagull Magazine
Михаил Мессерер: жизнь как триллер. Интервью
The Times
Swan Lake
The Independent
Swan Lake
Financial Times
The Flames of Paris returns

in tremendous style ★★★★★

Financial Times
New York debut has been a triumph ★★★★★
Financial Times
Le Corsaire. A production that illustrates how far the ballet company has come under Mikhail Messerer
Financial Times
Cinderella - seamless staging and a starry lead couple ★★★★★
The Sunday Express
Cinderella: The tale comes of age thanks to Mikhail Messerer ★★★★★