The Imperial Russian Ballet was founded in 1993 by Gediminas Taranda and Nikolai Anokhine under guidance of Maya Plisetsakaya. Nowadays the company tours around the world and co-operates with the Moscow Novaya Opera Theatre.
The Imperial Russian ballet is named as a tribute to the heritage of the Russia's Imperial Family and Ballets Russes, which was one of the most influential ballet companies ever, established by Serge Diaghilev in Paris in 1909.
The former Bolshoi Ballet principal Gediminas Taranda is the artistic director and co-founder of the Imperial Russian Ballet. He set up the company together with Nikolai Anokhine in 1993 under the guidance of Maya Plisetsakaya. The company comprises 45 dancers from Russia's top ballet schools: Moscow, Saint Petersburg and Prem. The company is touring around the world Germany, France, Italy, China, Japan, Brazil and so many more. Actively co-operating with the Imperial Russian Ballet Company are world renowned ballet dancers including Vladimir Malakhov (The Stateballet Berlin), Diana Vishneva (The Mariinsky Theatre), Nikolai Tsiskaridze, Denis Matvyenko and Galina Stepanenko (The Bolshoi Theatre), Julie Kent (American Ballet Theatre),Tamie Kusakari (Japan). In Moscow the Imperial Russian Ballet performs at the Novaya Opera Theatre of Moscow City.
The Company cooperates with leading Russian decoration and costume designers. The repertoire includes ballet classics as well as some modern piece. Unlike many other touring companies, the Imperial Russian Ballet has its own school in Moscow.