Sergei Vikharev


Age: 55

Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and historian who sparked a continuing debate over how to stage 19th-century works when he stunned international audiences with a four-hour spectacular production of The Sleeping Beauty in 1999, who sought to replace familiar and shorter, streamlined versions of the work with a more complete staging that was closer to Marius Petipa's choreography for the original 1890 version in attempting a so-called "reconstruction" of The Sleeping Beauty rather than a simple revival at the Mariinsky Theater, where he was a ballet master since 2007.

Cause of Death: Blood clot

Born: February 15, 1962

Died: June 2, 2017

Saint Petersburg, Russia