Igor Petrovich Kuzmin, Honoured Artist of the Russian Federation, remarkable dancer and teacher, passed away on April 29, just a few months before his 68th birthday

Igor Petrovich Kuzmin was born in Krasnoyarsk, on August 8, 1947.

He graduated from the Novosibirsk Choreography School (S.G. Ivanov's class).

Between 1965 and 1968, he worked at the Novosibirsk Opera and Ballet Theatre, where he played the parts of the Jester (Swan Lake), the Blue Bird, and the Winter Bird (The Ice Maiden).

In 1968 and 1969, he was part of the Chamber Ballet Company in Leningrad, making stage appearances as the Harlequin (Les Millions d’Arlequin) and Pierre (La Halte de Cavalerie).

From 1968 to 1985, Kuzmin was a soloist at the Choreographic Miniatures Ballet Company in Leningrad.

Igor Kuzmin was a true virtuoso, specializing in heroic and lyrical ballet. Theatre critics were in awe of his high leaps, whirlwind spins, and the unmatched ease with which he danced.

His duet with Tatiana Kvasova was dubbed the 'Champions of Miniature'; together, they were the first dancers to act out quite a few of Leonid Yacobson's miniatures, including Contrasts (1971); Exercise XX (1971); and Pas de deux, with music by Wolfgang Amadeus Mozart, Gioacchino Rossini, and Gaetano Donizetti (1974).

His other roles include the Son (The Prodigal Son), the Faun (The Shepherdess and the Faun), and Orpheus (Orpheus in the Underworld) in ballets with choreography by Giorgi Aleksidze. He also appeared in Leonid Lebedev's The Third Semester as the Commissar, and in Pavel Smok's The Pranksters.

He worked as a tutor at the Choreographic Miniatures ballet company in 1985–1990 and at the Boris Eifman Ballet Theatre since 1992.

In 2012, Igor Kuzmin returned home, to his beloved Leonid Yacobson Ballet Theatre, and took up the position of a tutor and assistant art director, consulting the company on the classical repertoire and Leonid Yacobson's heritage.

The ballet company would like to give its most sincere condolences to Igor Petrovich Kuzmin's loved ones. May he rest in peace, and may his memory live on forever.