Pavel Gurevich (Principal) was born in Minsk in the Republic of Belarus and graduated with honors and a major in choreography from the Belarus State Ballet Academy where he trained under Alexander Kolyadyenko. Following his graduation, he was invited to dance with the State Academic Bolshoi Ballet Theatre of Minsk as a soloist dancer. In 1997, Mr. Gurevich joined the Milwaukee Ballet as a principal dancer. Mr. Gurevich joined Boston Ballet in 2003 and was promoted to principal dancer in 2009. His repertoire includes Swan Lake, The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle, Romeo and Juliet, Les Sylphides, Don Quixote, La Bayadére, Anna Karenina, Scherezade, and Raymonda. Mr. Gurevich has danced featured roles in Balanchine's Apollo, Allegro Brilliante, Concerto Barocco, Diamonds, Emeralds, Rubies, Tchaikovsky Pas de Deux, Duo Concertante, The Four Temperaments, La Valse and Serenade; and has danced in contemporary works by Kylian, Tharp, Morris, Elo, Pickett, Caniparoli, King, Sappington, Godden, Smuin, Canfield, Kudelka and others. He has appeared in Pointe as well as Dance Magazine, and was part of a PBS televised documentary. He has danced all over the world including in Japan, Taiwan, Mexico, Canada, Korea, Venezuela, and all throughout the United States and Europe appearing as a Principal Guest Artist with companies such as Cincinnati Ballet and Ballet Teresa Carreno. Pavel joined The Suzanne Farrell Ballet in 2012.
What is your favorite role to dance and why?
I have always enjoyed dancing Balanchine’s Apollo… I have had the opportunity to dance it multiple times in my career and each time it is a new challenge and a new approach. The movements are so powerful and the music is so compelling, I really identify with its greatness.
What do you like to do when you are not dancing?
When I am not dancing I am spending every free moment with my beautiful daughter. I love teaching her new things and especially trying to make her laugh!
How do you prepare yourself for the physical challenges of rehearsing, performing, touring?
I don’t really do anything “extra” or “special” to prepare myself. I simply devote as much as I can, both physically and mentally, to the rehearsal process. I trust that by immersing myself in the daily work of class and rehearsal that I will be aptly prepared for whatever lies ahead. And then of course, I make sure to rest when the day is done!
What is it like to work with Ms. Farrell? Any fun and memorable stories or anecdotes about working with her?
This will be my first time working closely with Ms. Farrell. She once came and taught a master class to the company I was dancing with at the time, and I remember her class was very unique. It was challenging and like nothing I had ever been exposed to before. You can actually feel your brain flexing in her class!
What music do you like to listen to when you warm-up?
It is actually kind of funny, I always have my iPod with me, but for some reason I never listen to music while I am warming up. I have a deliberate routine that I go through, and I am pretty quiet and private while I am backstage before a show or before class.
What do you think is the most common myth about being a dancer? What do you wish people knew about what it’s really like to be a dancer?
Well of course, I think it is always worth mentioning how much dancers dedicate to their art form. There are so many components that go into creating a successful career in this field; and it is so incredibly competitive and relatively short. You train like an Olympic athlete, think like a mathematician, convey like an actor, and listen like a musician. You have to develop so many skills and manage so many different aspects. It definitely takes a lot of perseverance and a lot of passion.
Do you feel an affinity for any particular choreographer?
I wouldn’t say I feel an affinity for any specific choreographer, but instead I feel a connection to certain roles or certain ballets. The music is a driving force for me. If I feel drawn in by the music, I feel drawn in by the choreography.
What is the biggest reward in your career?
Each time I step onstage, I feel immensely rewarded. Every performance is an opportunity to achieve something and to share it with the audience and the other dancers onstage. So much work and rehearsal goes in to each show, and it is very fulfilling to see everyone’s contributions come together.