ArmInfo.On June 4, at the age of 80, a ballet dancer, choreographer, People's Artist of the Armenian SSR, chief choreographer of the Armenian National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after Alexander Spendiaryan Vilen Galstyan passed away.
As reported by the Ministry of Education, Science, Culture and Sports of Armenia, in connection with the death of Vilen Galstyan, a government commission on organizing the funeral was created by the decision of RA Acting Prime Minister.
The civil funeral service will take place on June 7, 6: 00pm -8: 00 pm at the National Academic Theatre of Opera and Ballet named after A. Spendiaryan, the farewell ceremony will be held on June 8 from 12: 00-2: 00 pm, and the funeral will be held in the Central Cemetery of Yerevan (Tokhmakh).
Vilen Galstyan was the first Armenian who loudly declared himself on the world ballet stage. In one of his interviews he once said that you can't talk about ballet, you need to watch it. For many years he was a soloist not only of the Armenian State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater, but also danced on the most famous stages of the world. At forty he left the stage, but, fortunately for the audience, he did not leave ballet, devoting himself entirely to choreography.
Vilen Galstyan was born on February 12, 1941 in Yerevan. Since 1959, after graduating from the Yerevan Choreographic School, he was an artist of the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theater named after A. Paliashvili. From 1961 to 1972 performed on the stage of the Spendiarov Academic Opera and Ballet Theater. In 1972- 1975 he was the artistic director of the ballet troupe, later the chief choreographer of the theater. Since 1999 he taught at the Yerevan Institute of Theater and Cinema. From 1999-2000 he taught at the Seoul Ballet University. Since 2004 - Director of the Yerevan State Choreographic College. Fans of Vilen Galstyan's work still remember the characters he embodied on stage: Spartak - from the ballet of the same name by Khachaturian (1961), Armen - from "Gayane" Khachaturian (1974), Albert - from "Giselle" of Adana (1961), Byurat - from "Eternal idol" E. Hovhannisyan (1966), David - from "David of Sasunsky" (1976) and others.