Walery Mazepczyk

Ballet Master of the Polish National Ballet

Walery Mazepczyk photo Paweł RosłonBorn in Vladikavkaz (North Ossetia). In 1982 he graduated from the State Ballet School in St. Petersburg, where his teachers included famous dancers of the Russian ballet: Komstantin Sergeyev, Nikolai Serebennikov, Semyon Kaplan, and Irina Gensler. He was appointed soloist of the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Sverdlovsk (now Yekaterinburg), where he danced the following parts: Pas de deux in „Giselle”, Pas de trois in „Swan Lake”, Tybalt and Mercutio in „Romeo and Juliet”, Banco in „Macbeth”, the Golden God and Solor in „La Bayadère”, Don José in „Carmen”, soloist in „Paquita”, and James in „La Sylphide”. He joined the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Tbilisi (Georgia) in 1987, where his repertoire expanded to include the following parts: Don Basilio in „Don Quixote”, Armen in „Gayané”, the Prince in „Cinderella”, soloist in „The Amazon”, Otello in „The Moor’s Pavane” and the title role in „The Demon”.

He came to Poland in 1991 and joined the ballet of the Musical Theatre in Szczecin as a soloist. He was appointed as a soloist of the Grand Theatre – Polish National Opera in Warsaw in September 1993. From 1996 to 2009 he danced with he Warsaw ballet’s as a principal, working with many choreographers such as Emil Wesołowski, Pierre Lacotte, Krzysztof Pastor, Antal Fodor, Yuri Grigorovich, André Prokovsky, Lorca Massine, Birgit Cullberg, Mats Ek, Zofia Rudnicka, Irek Mukhamedov, Natalia Makarova, Jíři Kylián, and Alexei Ratmansky.

On the Warsaw stage he danced the following parts: Prince Désiré, Blue Bird and Carabosse in „The Sleeping Beauty”, Pas de deux in „Giselle”, Pas de trois and Rothbart in „Swan Lake”, Parembo in „La Gitana”, the Prince and Drosselmeyer in „The Nutcracker”, Benvolio and Tybalt in „Romeo and Juliet”, Colas and Widow Simone in Ashton’s „La Fille Mal Gardée”, soloist in Pastor’s „Third Symphony” and in Wesołowski’s „Le Sacre de Printemps”, soloist in Fodor’s „Rossiniana” and „Carmina Burana”, Conjurer in Rudnicka’s „La Dolce Vita”, Porthos in Prokovsky’s „The Three Musketeers”, the title role in Massine’s „Zorba the Greek”, the Gypsy in Ek’s „Carmen”, the Bridegroom’s Father in Kylián’s „Svadebka” („Les Noces”), Harnaś and Father in Wesołowski’s „Harnasie”, Karenin in Ratmansky’s „Anna Karenina”. He has given guest performances in Argentina, Brazil, Denmark, France, Germany, Giorgia, Greece, Israel, Italy, Norway, Slovenia, and Spain.

After his retierment as a dancer on September 1st, 2009 Walery Mazepczyk became a ballet master and assistant of the choreographers in the Polish National Ballet. He is a recipient of Silver Medal for Merit to Culture ‘Gloria Artis’ (2015).

Photo Paweł Rosłon