Tuesday, 05 May 2020

Τhe Greek National Opera announces the sudden death of Principal Ballet Dancer Aleksandar (Sasha) Neskov

 It is with deep regret that the Greek National Opera announces the sudden death of Principal Ballet Dancer Aleksandar (Sasha) Neskov at age 50. The emblematic Ballet protagonist performed for the Greek National Opera for over 20 years all the great repertoire roles with great success. He was early on singled out by the audience for his strong technique, expressiveness and sensibility of his performances. His colleagues at the GNO will always remember him for his kindness, modesty and rare character.

Born in Serbia, he studied ballet at the National School of Dance, Novi Sad (Serbia), and worked with the Serbian National Ballet. In 1991 he became Principal Dancer at the National Ballet of Hungary (Pécs) and guest dancer at the National Opera of Hungary. In 1996 he joined the Greek National Opera Ballet and since 1998 he had been a Principal Dancer.

He had also been greatly involved in dance teaching. In the last years at the GNO he worked as a répétiteur (choreography coach) and also served as assistant and teacher at the Professional Dance School of the Greek National Opera. Moreover, he had also taught at the Greek National School of Dance (KSOT). 

At the Greek National Opera he had performed leading roles in numerous emblematic ballets, such as: Coppélia, Giselle, Don Quixote, The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty, La Fille mal gardée, Napoli, Divertimento, Paquita, Romeo and Juliet, Zorba the Greek, Eugene Onegin. 

Moreover, he had starred in works of renowned choreographers, such as Milko Šparemblek, Vladimir Logunov, István Herczog, Anasheh Partai, Germinal Casado, Leonidas de Pian, Lorca Massine, Pierre Lacotte, Karole Armitage, Sophia Smailou, Haris Mandafounis, Andonis Foniadakis, Fotis Nikolaou, Ray Barra, Rudi van Dantzig, Igor Zelensky, Irek Mukhamedov, Kenneth MacMillan, Frederick Ashton, Renato Zanella, etc.

In 2003 he received the Best Male Performance Award from the Greek Ministry of Culture.

The Greek National Opera’s Administration and staff express their condolences to his family and friends.

As a token of appreciation of the great talent and rare personality of our most-beloved Sasha, the Greek National Opera shall cover his funeral expenses.