Immediately after a touring performance of Swan Lake in 2012, artistic director Ted Brandsen promoted Artur Shesterikov to principal dancer with Dutch National Ballet.
Artur trained in his hometown Perm at the ballet academy of the State Opera and Ballet Theatre, one of the top three ballet schools in Russia. He began his professional career with Tchaikovsky Perm Ballet and joined Dutch National Ballet in 2017. Artur started out in the corps de ballet, but was rapidly promoted to coryphée, and to soloist in 2010. In 2012, he became a principal. Besides dancing most of the classical ballets, he has performed in works by choreographers like George Balanchine, William Forsythe and Benjamin Millepied. He has also worked personally with choreographers like Hans van Manen, Natalia Makarova, John Neumeier, Krzysztof Pastor, Alexei Ratmansky, Christopher Wheeldon and Sir Peter Wright.
At the International Ballet Competition Arabesk in 2004, Artur was declared the ‘Most talented dancer’. At Dutch National Ballet’s Gala in 2016, he received the Alexandra Radius Prize, which was presented to him by former ballerina Alexandra Radius. In 2017 and 2019, he received mentions in the category ‘Outstanding performance by a male dancer’ in the Critics’ Choice section of Dance Europe magazine.
- With the Dutch National Ballet since: 2007
- Place of birth: Perm (Russia)
- Career with Dutch National Ballet: Principal (2012), soloist (2010), coryphée (2009), corps de ballet (2007)
- Previously danced with: Perm Ballet (Perm, Russia)
- Training: Perm State choreographic college (Perm, Russia)
- Awards: 2017, Outstanding performance by a male dancer - Critic's choice; 2016, Alexandra Radius Award; 2004, International Ballet Competition ‘Arabesk’, finalist