Choreographer• Recipient of the Hope of Russia prize (2007).
Born in Leningrad.
Graduated from the Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet in 2008 (class of Gennady Selyutsky).
Joined the Mariinsky Ballet the same year.
La Sylphide (Youths); choreography by August Bournonville, revised version by Elsa-Marianne von Rosen,
La Bayadère (Magdaveya, Hindu Dance); choreography by Marius Petipa, revised version by Vladimir Ponomarev and Vakhtang Chabukiani,
Swan Lake (Jester, Neapolitan Dance); choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, revised version by Konstantin Sergeyev,
The Fountain of Bakhchisarai (Youths, Tatar Dance); choreography by Rostislav Zakharov,
The Nutcracker (Moor); choreography by Vasily Vainonen,
Spartacus (Mimes, Etruscans); choreography by Leonid Yakobson,
Walpurgis Night (Pan, Satyrs), Romeo and Juliet (Mercutio); choreography by Leonid Lavrovsky,
The Legend of Love (Jester); choreography by Yuri Grigorovich,
Jewels (Rubies); choreography by George Balanchine,
Sylvia (Pluto); choreography by Frederick Ashton,
Alexei Ratmansky’s ballets Cinderella (Spring, Summer) and The Little Humpbacked Horse (the Little Humpbacked Horse),
Diana Vishneva: Beauty in Motion (Three Point Turn; choreography by Dwight Rhoden),
Simple Things; choreography by Emil Faski
and Diana Vishneva: Dialogues (Subject to Change; choreography by Paul Lightfoot and Sol León).
As part of the Mariinsky Theatre’s Creative Workshop of Young Choreographers project, in 2013 Ilya Zhivoi staged the choreographic miniature Chess Move E2. Hardly to music by Antonín Dvořák using excerpts from a recording of Jupiter’s magnetic field (NASA Space Sounds); this was followed in 2014 by the one-act ballet Adulte to music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart and Tosya Chaikina.
Has toured with the Mariinsky Ballet to the USA, the UAE, Germany, France, Italy, Spain and Great Britain.