Biography

1802

Birth of Cesare Pugni

1818

Birth of Marius Petipa

1823-34

Pugni at the Scala, Milan

1840-43

Pugni at Paris Opera

1843

Birth of Ekaterina Ksenofontovna Shiryaeva (Shiryaev’s mother).

1843-50

Pugni at Her Majesty’s Theatre, London

1845

Grand Pas de Quatre at Her Majesty’s Theatre (composed by Pugni)

1846

autumn: Pugni marries Mary Ann (Marion) Linton at St Pancras, London

1848

summer: birth of Alberto Pugni. Other children: Viktor/Hector, Nicholas, Paul, Cesar, Elizabeth, and two more girls. Alberto was the father of Ivan Puni (1894-1956, born Kuokkala, Finland).

1850

Pugni appointed ballet composer to St Petersburg Imperial Theatres.

1861

Pugni appointed to teach at the St Petersburg Conservatory

1862

Ekaterina Shiryaeva joins the corps de ballet

1867

September 10. Birth of Alexander Viktorovich Shiryaev as “illegitimate” son of Ekaterina Shiryaev and Viktor Pugni (solo flautist with orchestra of Imperial Theatre, St Petersburg).

1870

February 2. Death of Cesare Pugni

1876

Shiryaev enrols in Imperial Ballet School

1877-82

Shiryaev appears on the stage of the Alexandrinsky Drama Theatre

1882-85

Shiryaev makes some appearances with the Imperial Ballet

1885

Shiryaev graduates from the Imperial Ballet School; for graduation performance dances role ofHussar Lucien d’Hervilly in Paquita; joins the Mariinsky company

1889

Death of Viktor Pugni

1891

Shiryaev teaches the class of character dance at the Ballet School.

 

Natalia Matveeva graduates from ballet school

1892

Shiryaev marries Matveeva

 

November 6. Birth of daughter Alexandra (Shura)

 

Premiere of Nutcracker: Shiryaev creates The Fool’s Dance

1895

Appointed dance répétiteur for ballet and opera

 

Role of Ivanushka in the revival of The Little Humpbacked Horse

1896

Death of Ekaterina Shiryaeva

 

Appointed Senior Tutor of the men’s section at the Ballet School; Buffoon’s Dance for the revival of Mlada

1898

Resigns from duties as Senior Tutor

 

La Fée Carabosse in The Sleeping Beauty (originally created in 1895 by Cecchetti)

1899c

Quasimodo in Esmeralda (originally created by Alfred Bekefi in 1898).

1900c

Choreography of Matelot dance incorporated in Graziella

1902

Tour to Monte Carlo: The Côte d’Azur, or The Birth of Monte Carlo

1902-3

Roles at Mariinsky include Cassandre in Les Millions d’Harlequin; Dr Coppelius in Coppelia; Marcelline in La Fille mal gardée

1903

Shiryaev produces The Haarlem Tulip; Giselle with Pavlova; The Naiad and the Fisherman  with Pavlova. Appointed maitre de ballet

1904

Birth of Son, Andrei

 

Ruslan and Liudmila with the lezginka newly choreographed by Shiryeav

1904

Gala performance for Shiryaev for 20 years’ service

1905

Shiryaev revives Petipa’s Midsummer Night’s Dream for a charity performance; Leaves the Mariinsky on completion of service (12 May).

1906-07

Appearances in private performances of the Mariinsky in Fokine’s ballets

1907

Shiryaev and Matveeva join Anna Pavlova, Michel Fokine and Adolphe Bolm on tour to Hermitage Theatre, Moscow.

1908

Baltic tour: Helsingfors, Stockholm, Copenhagen, Prague, Berlin, Riga.

1909

Second tour to Berlin

1910

Tour to Vienna

1911-12

British tour with Pavlova. Palace Theatre, London (April 1911); Newcastle (November 1911); Chelsea (December 1911); Blackpool (September 1912); Birmingham (October 1912); Newcastle (November 1912); Liverpool (November 1912); Eastbourne; Shiryaev in Charing Cross Hospital with a broken fibula

1911

June 20. Death of daughter Alexandra

1912

Tour to Berlin (with Pavlova)

1913

Shiryaev leaves Pavlova company

1918

Death of Natalia Matveeva in Petrozavodsk

1919

Head of Choreographic Department at the Alexandrinsky Theatre

1920

Restoration of ballets at former Mariinsky Theatre; with Fedor Lopukhov stages the first Soviet production of The Nutcracker

1921

Merited Artist of the Republic

1922

Rehearsal master at the former Mariinsky (Kirov) Theatre and teacher of dance perfection

1923

Hero of Labour

1923

Teacher of character dance at the State Academic Drama Studio

1921

Jubilee performance to celebrate 35 years of stage performances

1924

Marriage to the actress of the Mikhailov Theatre, R. Pomerantseva, who succumbs within a year to schizophrenia

1926

Professor of character dance at the Ballet School.

1938

Publication of Foundations of Character Dance, co-authored with A.V.Lopukhov and A.I.Bocharov; last stage appearance at a gala for the bi-centenary of the Ballet School.

1941

Memoirs completed, but typeset destroyed during the siege

1941

April 25. Shiryaev dies in Leningrad

1941

May 22: memorial performance at the Ballet School

1964

Death of Shiryaev’s son Andrei, who had married first Tamara Viktorovna, and later lived in a civic marriage with Anna Bazhaeva

1964

Daniil Saveliev retrieves Shiryaev’s films, paper films and camera from the apartment that Anna Bazhaeva has to vacate.

1995

Viktor Bocharov acquires Shiryaev’s archive from Saveliev

2004

Bocharov makes A BELATED PREMIERE, a documentary which shows the restored 35mm footage

 

 

Updated: May 2009