By Artsvi Bakhchinyan
Special to the Mirror-Spectator
YEREVAN/HONG KONG – My interviewee is ballet dancer and dance teacher Davit Vardanyan. Originally from Yerevan, he has lived in Hong Kong for three years. In 1997-2003 he studied at the Yerevan Choreography College and in 2003-2005 he continued his studies in Germany with the famous dance instructor and Soviet ballet veteran Pyotr Pestov. Davit participated in the Bolzano International Dance Competition, where he took second place, and became a finalist in the Istanbul ballet competition. He has worked in the Schleswig-Holstein Theater, Stuttgart Ballet, Dresden Opera, Amsterdam’s National Ballet and the Royal Ballet in Antwerp (Belgium). Davit starred in ballet classic repertoire, as well as in modern ballet performances by Kylián, Forsythe, Neumeier, Cranko, Van Manen, Ekk, David Dawson and many other famous choreographers.
Davit, how did you choose ballet?
I did not choose: my parents took me (laughing). There was already a dance tradition in our family. My grandfather Henrik Vardanyan was one of the founders of the Armenian State Dance Ensemble and the first soloist. My uncle Ashot Vardanyan is also a folk dance artist. So one day, held by my hand, I was taken to choreography college, to the ballet class, and my fate was sealed.
And you, like the other brilliant boys from your generation, have become pupils of Hovhannes Divanyan and Armen Grigoryan, the aces of Armenian ballet pedagogy. What is the reason that almost all our international ballet dancers were trained by these two teachers?