Anastasia KOVALENKO

CEO & Founder

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Born into a family of dancers, Anastasia was admitted to the renowned Bolshoi Ballet Academy and then joined the Bolshoi Theater in 2000. Anastasia participated in several productions of famous choreographers and stage directors such as Youri Grigorovitch, Vladimir Vassiliev, Pierre Lacotte, Dmitri Tcherniakov, Boris Pokrovsky and Francesca Zambello.

Anastasia became soloist at the Moscow Classic Ballet led by N. Kassatkina and V. Vassiliev in 2003, interpreted principal roles of major classic ballets and toured in Italy, France, Switzerland, United States of America, Mexico, China and India.

Anastasia gave master-classes in Indianapolis and in California at the Valerie Mahabir Academy of Ballet and Performing Arts in 2004.

In 2006, Anastasia graduated from the Russian Academy of Theater Arts (GITIS) in Performing Arts Management and began to devote her career to ballet production.

Prior to founding her own company, Anastasia was Head of Human Resources Department and International Projects Coordinator for the Moscow State Philharmonic Society, one of the largest concert organization established in Russia. Anastasia was responsible for the Moscow tours of the Vienna Philharmonic Orchestra (conducted by Daniel Barenboim), the London Symphony Orchestra (conducted by Valery Gergiev), the Arena di Verona Theater, the 12 Cellists of the Berlin Philharmonic, the Rodion Chtchedrine’s Festival, the 1st Cello Festival of Mstilav Rostropovich and worked with David Geringas, Shlomo Minz, Oleg Maisenberg and Krzysztof Penderecki.

Anastasia was then Project Manager at the Russian State concerts company Sodroujestvo (the unique international tour manager in USSR times, Soyuzconcert now Rosconcert) where she was responsible for the 11th International Moscow ballet competition led by Youri’s Grigorovitch, the 1st Galina Oulanova’s Ballet Competition in Krasnoyarsk, the tour of the Moldavian national ballet “JOK” in Moscow, the tour of the soloists of the Russian “Boian” orchestra in Poland and the Slavic Cultures Days in Strasbourg, France.

Anastasia was also the official representative of the French production company VOSTOK in 2005-2007, (now ACTS, the contemporary dance school of Paris) as a producer of the “Jeunes Etoiles de Moscou” (Moscow young ballet stars) concerts in France.

Based on her experience in classical ballet as a ballerina and as tour manager, Anastasia founded RUS ART Productions in 2009 and soon became one of the leading companies to realize State Cultural Programs in Russia and abroad.

In 2016, Anastasia won the grant of the Theater Union of the Russian Federation (STD) that yearly rewards theater professionals across Russia.