Russian National Ballet "Kostroma"
Producer and President
Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Federation
Elena Tsarenko was born on the 26th of March 1961 in a Siberian town of Abakan located on a feeder of the mighty river Yenisei. Like many of her contemporaries brought up in the socialistic society she successfully combined studying at school with attending a music school of the violin class as well as amateur dancing team classes starting from the age of ten. Art entered Elena's life to stay with her forever.
In 1979 she graduated from Abakan Music College with the qualifications of the manager of a choreographic company and started work in the State Choir of Siberia as a dancer.
She continued her professional career as a repertoire teacher of the regional ensemble of professional and technical education called “The Youth of Siberia”. At the same time she studied in Kemerovo State Institute of Culture at the department of cultural and educational work to get higher education.
In 1986 at the all-Russian seminar for heads of ensembles of professional and technical education, which took place in Kursk City, Elena met a promising choreographer Yuri Tsarenko. They were united by love to art and each other. Having become Yuri’s wife, Elena moved to Kostroma where her husband did military service and worked. It was there that the young family embarked on their journey of personal and creative development.
In 1991 Elena and Yuri managed to realize their idea of setting up a professional choreographic company and so the first private theatre of folk dance called “Kostroma" came into being and Elena Tsarenko took the position of its producer.
In 1999 Elena was awarded with a letter of appreciation by Kostroma region administration.
In 2001 Elena Tsarenko became a laureate of the public award “Hope of Russia” and in the nomination “Phenomenal Woman”.
In 2002 she was nominated "Person of the year 2002”.
In 2002 Elena and Yuri Tsarenko set up a choreographic college “The Governorate Ballet School” affiliated to the Russian National Ballet “Kostroma" with the purpose of training professional dancers and creating a human resources reserve.
In 2003 Elena was nominated "Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Federation".
In 2006 Elena was awarded with an honorary certificate by Kostroma region administration.
Elena Tsarenko is a good manager and a happy mother. Together with Yuri Tsarenko they brought up two children who are reliable heirs of their common cause. Today their elder daughter Maria works as an executive director of the Ballet and the Director of the choreographic college "The Governorate Ballet School"; and their son, who is a graduate of the choreographic college "The Governorate Ballet School", is a soloist of the Russian National Ballet “Kostroma”, the assistant of the Art Director and "The Governorate Ballet School" college teacher of Professional Practice discipline.
Art Director and Chief Ballet Master
Honored Art Worker of the Russian Federation
Yuri Tsarenko was born on the 28th of October 1961 in a Ukrainian town of Krivoi Rog.
Choreography has played an important part in Yuri’s life since an early age. The dance studio where he studied for eight years was like a second home to him and the language of dance was a medium for self-expression. Art was a vital factor when time had come to choose a profession and life of a ballet master. Having graduated from a general education school Yuri entered Dnepropetrovsk State Theatre College Department of Choreography notwithstanding his parents' protests who insisted on their son’s career of a military man (Yuri was supposed to continue the family dynasty of military people which had had two Generals by that time).
In 1980 Yuri graduated from the college with a diploma of a choreographic company manager and went for compulsory service in the army. He was sent to the old town of Kostroma.
In 1983 Yuri finished his army service and stayed in Kostroma pursuing his professional career as a ballet master and stage director of an ensemble of professional and technical education system “Kostromskie Zori” of Regional Educational Directorate.
In 1985 Yuri and his team took part in the Twelfth International Festival of Youth in Moscow.
In 1986 at the all-Russian seminar for heads of ensembles of professional and technical education, which took place in Kursk City Yuri met a beautiful and talented girl named Elena Solovyeva, who was also a young manager. Sharing a common feeling for art they fell in love with each other too. When Elena became his wife they both moved to Kostroma. It was there that the young family embarked on their journey of personal and creative development.
In 1987 they both participated in the final concert of the Second All-Union Festival of Folk Art dedicated to the 70th year of the Great October Social Revolution which took place on the stage of the Kremlin Congress Palace in Moscow.
In 1991 Yuri graduated from Kostroma State Pedagogical Instituted named after N. A. Nekrasov with the qualification of the teacher of ethics and psychology.
In the same year Elena and Yuri managed to realize their idea of setting up a professional choreographic company and so the first private theatre of folk dance called “Kostroma" came into being and Yuri Tsarenko took the position of its Chief Ballet Master.
In 1999 Yuri Tsarenko was awarded with a letter of appreciation by Kostroma region administration.
In 2001 Yuri Tsarenko became a laureate of the public award "Hope of Russia" with the nomination of "Phenomenal Man".
In 2002 Elena and Yuri Tsarenko set up a choreographic college “The Governorate Ballet School” affiliated to the Russian National Ballet “Kostroma" with the purpose of training professional artists and creating a human resources reserve.
In 2002 Yuri Tsarenko was nominated "Person of the year 2002”.
In 2003 he was nominated "Honoured Art Worker of the Russian Federation".
In 2005 he was awarded with a pin-order “Art Patron” for his outstanding contribution in the cause of the World's revival and prosperity, for his great soul and unselfish generosity.
In 2006 Yuri Tsarenko was awarded by an honorary certificate by Kostroma region administration.
Today Yuri Tsarenko is one of the few heads of Russian professional companies working in the genre of folk choreography. His love to Russia, knowledge of Russian traditions and rituals help him to create epic pictures and genre sketches on stage. Yuri Tsarenko is a talented ballet master who gives a unique touch to his choreographic works. He creates a new modern style of folk dance remembering to keep historical truth.
Yuri Tsarenko is the author of 12 shows and director of more than 40 choreographic compositions for the Russian National Ballet “Kostroma”.
Among those are
«Za Sviatuyu Rus» (For Holy Rus) (1993)
«Russkoye Predstavlenie» (Russian Show) (1995)
«Russkaya Igrushka» (Russian Toy), a play based on Evgeni Evtushenko’s stories (1996)
«Brilliantovye Angely» (Diamond Angels) (1997)
«Zagadochnaya Rus» (Mysterious Rus) (1999)
A dancing project “Songs from a Jewish place”(2001)
«Zhyli-Byli» (Once upon a time…) (2002)
«National Show of Russia» (2005)
«Doroga Domoi» (A Road Home), a play dedicated to the 60th year of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War (2005),
A dancing project dedicated to Yekaterina Shavrina's jubilee (2006)
«Velikaya Zagadochnaya Rus» (Great Mysterious Rus) (2007),
«Domoi s Pobedoi» (Home with Victory), a play dedicated to the 65th year of the Victory in the Great Patriotic War (2010 ã.).
«Prologue», «Vohomskaya Izbovaya» (Log hut of Vohma), «Vorotsa» (Little Gates), «Gusarskaya Molodetskaya» (Hussar’s Bold Dance), «Ryabinovaya Vetka» (A Branch of Mountain Ash), «Lyubimochka» (My Beloved), «Podarochnaya» (The Gifts), round dance «Vesenni Lirichesky» (Spring Lyrical), «Argentinean Tango», «A Mozhet Byt i Tango» (It Could Be a Tango as Well), «Dvugolosye» (For Two Voices), «Ledi v Krasnom» (Lady in Red), «Antre», «Probuzhdenie» (Awakening), «Russkoye Predstavlenie» (Russian Show), «Inkayki», «Brilliantovye Angely» (Diamond Angels), «Cancan», «Flotsky» (Navy), «Molitva» (Prayer), «Ozertso - ozertse» (Magic Lake), «Teplota Serdechnaya Skanyu Nazyvayetsa» (Heart’s Warmth is Called Filigree), «Selo Poteshnoye» (At Poteshnaya Village), «Zima» (The Winter Dance), «Prazdnichnaya» (The Festive Dance), «Zashitniki» (Defenders), «Volga», «Novogodny Marsh» (New Year’s March), prologue «Rus Iznachalnaya» (Original Rus), «Grustinochka» (Sorrow), «Kundyubochka», «Chainaya» (At The Tea House), «Zdravstvui, Strana Geroyev!» (Greetings to the Country of Heroes), «Piterskaya» (Along The Piterskaya Street), «Eh, vstrechai!» (Here I Come) and many others.