- « Two questions I always ask myself before I begin creating a new piece is: ”Why do we need this piece?” It has to be a topical subject, and I strive to create a work, where each person in the audience could somehow recognize himself in the piece on stage, emotionally or physically.
The second question is: ”What is new for me in this work?” I always try to achieve new goals in all of my works. Because that’s the only way to be creative ».
• Finalist at the Stora Daldansen international ballet competition (2006, 2008, Sweden)
• Prize-winner at the IFMC international competition and festival of modern choreography (2012, Vitebsk, Belarus)
• Diploma-recipient at the Runway youth festival of contemporary choreography (2014, St Petersburg)
• Featured in Dance ICONS newsletter under ”Trending: Female Ballet Choreographers on the Rise” 2016.
• Participant of numerous workshops and festivals, including UK (London, Covent Garden), Canada, Russia, Czech Republic, Italy and Sweden
• Member of Dance ICONS – The Global Network for Choreographers
• Recipient of a total of six Carina Ari Memorial Foundation scholarships
• Recipient of Rilton Scholarship
• Recipient of Acknowledgment for a creative contribution to the development of the choreographic culture of Ukraine 2020 (Dance Flow Contest).
Graduated from the Royal Swedish Ballet School in Stockholm in 2008.
2008-2012 - dancer with the National Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus in Minsk, appearing in performances of Swan Lake, Giselle, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, Don Quixote, La Bayadère, Romeo and Juliet, Carmina Burana, La Sylphide and Chopiniana among others.
In 2011 Ksenia created a dance-video project with the Cullberg Ballet, Stockholm, Sweden, as part of the education program at the Vaganova Academy.
2012-2013 - choreographer at the festival O/Modernt in Stockholm.
2013-2014 – teacher of modern dance at the Vaganova Ballet Academy.
Ksenia has created a great number of productions for senior-year students at the Vaganova Ballet Academy.
The miniature The Hovering, prepared for the international festival of ballet schools «Three Centuries of World Ballet» (Moscow, State Kremlin Palace), received the Mikhailovsky Theatre Grand Prix in 2013 .
In April 2014 Ksenia made her debut at the Mariinsky Theatre during the Young Choreographers’ Creative Workshop project (International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY) with the piece The Hovering, in addition to making appearances in Dresden (Tanzbiennale) and at the Russian Arts Festival in Cannes.
In 2015 - traineeship at the Nederlands Dans Theater (NDT).
Same year she staged and rehearsed number of concert pieces for the ballet company of the Astana Opera (Astana, Kazakhstan).
As part of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers project at the Mariinsky Theatre (International Ballet Festival MARIINSKY), in March 2015 Ksenia presented one-act pieces Remember the Future to music by Johann Sebastian Bach and Second I to music by Philip Glass. The ballet Second I subsequently entered the repertoire of the Mariinsky Theatre and was performed during the Stars of the White Nights festival in July and during company's tour to Baden-Baden (Germany) in December 2015 .
In 2016 she was invited for giving workshops / masterclasses of contemporary dance to the Belarusian State Choreography Gymnasium-College in Minsk (Belarus). Ksenia continues to this day to work closely with the gymnasium-college.
In 2016 Ksenia graduated from the pedagogical faculty of the Vaganova Ballet Academy (educational program The Art of the Choreographer, class of prof. Yuri Petukhov), Master´s Degree.
In April 2016 as part of the Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers Ksenia presented two new productions - Labyrinth to music by Franz Schubert and Andrey Martynov and Elegy. Ophelia to music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky, that was created for principal dancers of the Mariinsky Ballet Victoria Tereshkina and Andrey Ermakov.
Elegy. Ophelia is now part of the Mariinsky´s repertoire and was named and critically acclaimed as the best premiere of the season 2015/2016 by Dance Europe Magazine. The piece was also presented at the Stars of the White Nights festival in June 2016 .
May 2016 – staging a production for the Carina Ari Memorial Foundation (Stockholm, Sweden) and a special project of the State Hermitage Museum Days of Yemen at the Hermitage, Saint Petersburg.
Featured in ICONS November 2016 newsletter under ”Trending: Female Ballet Choreographers on the Rise”.
In November 2016 Ksenia was invited for teaching masterclasses and creating new works for the Astana Opera and the newly opened Academy of Choreography in Astana.
In January 2017 presented a new piece Twain, as part of the ballet gala at Astana Opera (Astana, Kazakhstan).
April 2017 Created the piece Lost for the Royal Swedish Ballet (Stockholm, Sweden) as part of the Royal Collective workshop.
December 2017 Presented a new creation at the Bolshoi Theatre - a one-act ballet Memoryhouse, music by Max Richter. The premiere was part of the Bolshoi Theatre Youth Ballet Program «Faces», directed by Sergei Filin.
June 2018 World premiere of Pas de Petipa at the renowned International ballet festival Benois de la Danse, the Historic Stage of The Bolshoi Theatre, Moscow. Gala "Vivat Petipa! Classics through the eyes of contemporary choreographers".
Music by Pyotr Tchaikovsky. Dancers - principals of The Mariinsky Theatre Oksana Skorik and Xander Parish. The piece was specially created as a tribute for Marius Petipa´s 200th anniversary.
July 2018 World premiere of one-act ballet Sounds of Time at Astana Opera, Artistic Director Mrs Altynai Asylmuratova. Music by Aktoty Raimkulova, set design by Riccardo Massironi. Based on Adam Kapanov’s original libretto, the ballet is a modern take on an ancient national legend.
March 2019 Invited guest choreographer of the 5th International ballet festival Grand Prix Kyiv 2019 (Kyiv, Ukraine), as part of which the premiere of Disconnected Fragments was staged at the National Opera of Ukraine.
The piece was also presented in December 2019 at the 70th anniversary of Kyiv State Ballet School, at the stage of National Opera of Ukraine.
June 2019 Premiere of Falling Walls, created for Ballet International Stockholm (Sweden).
Summer 2018 and 2019 Guest teacher and choreographer at Valdres sommerballett (Norway), organized by Den Norske Ballettskole in cooperation with the international music festival Valdres sommersymfoni; teacher in modern dance at Ballet International Summer Intensive Stockholm 2019 (Sweden).
March 2020 Choreographer of the opening piece at the Awarding ceremony of laureates of the Taras Shevchenko National Prize of Ukraine. The premiere was held at the stage of National Opera of Ukraine (Kyiv, Ukraine).
The same month - Choreographer of the opening piece Ode at the 6th International ballet festival Grand Prix Kyiv 2020 (Kyiv, Ukraine), premiered at the stage of the National Opera of Ukraine.
June 2020 CLOSE TO OPEN. A video project in collaboration with the choreographer Ksenia Zvereva, the Canadian experimental electric violinist dr.Draw and leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theatre Alena Kovaleva.
February 2021 SHADOWLANDS. A video project with the soloist of the Royal Swedish Ballet Kaho Yanagisawa to music by Jackson Mullane. Created in Sweden during the peak of the pandemic, reflecting how light and hope can be found even in the darkest of times.
June 2022 Presented the ballet Second I in Amsterdam, The Netherlands, as part of the dance gala of principal dancer Igone de Jongh "Igone in Carré".
Summer 2022 Guest teacher and choreographer at dance summer intensive courses (classical ballet, contemporary dance and workshop) at YBA Yerakhavets Ballet Academy in Barcelona, Spain.
A large number of choreographies, created by Ksenia for various international competitions, have been acclaimed and awarded gold medal, including 1st Place at Dance World Cup 2019 - children contemporary solo nomination (Braga, Portugal), YAGP 2019 - Top 12 women junior contemporary (Cattolica, Italy), 1st Place at International Dance Contest Premio DOC 2019 (Aversa, Italy), 1st Place at the 2nd International Choreographic Competition (Baku, Azerbaijan) 2018, Grand Prix at the International choreographic competition Dance Flow Contest 2020 (Kyiv, Ukraine), Grand Prix in the "Choreography" category of the TU ONDA International online festival-competition 2020 (Spain); 2nd place at the XVIII International Dance Festival TANZOLYMP Berlin 2021 - Contemporary Dance Solo / Age 2 - MPS 2 (Berlin, Germany).