Born in Kiev, Ukraine, Alexander Gamayunov began his training with The National Ballet School of Kiev and upon graduation was accepted into The National Ballet of Ukraine where he was quickly promoted to Principal dancer. In 2001 he moved to Canada to join the Royal Winnipeg Ballet as a member of the Corps de Ballet. Gamayunov was promoted to Soloist in 2005.
During his 12 years with the RWB, Gamayunov has performed numerous Principal roles including Dracula in Mark Godden’s Dracula, the Prince in Nutcracker, Prince Siegfried in Swan Lake, Bluebird in The Sleeping Beauty, Tybalt in Romeo & Juliet, Captain Hook in Jorden Morris’ Peter Pan, and Jamie Paul in The Ecstasy of Rita Joe. A number of roles have also been created for Gamayunov including the lead role of Sarastro for the world premiere of Mark Godden’s The Magic Flute.
In 2003, Gamayunov performed with Principal dancer Tara Birtwhistle, Julie Andrews, Christopher Plummer and Charlotte Church for the Holiday Spectacular A Royal Christmas, which toured extensively throughout Canada and the United States.
“Alexander Gamayunov was passionate as the brutish, jealous Hilarion …” Winnipeg Free Press, 2012
“Dovgoselets, Alexander Gamayunov and Yosuke Mino are now the top men and are strong performers …” Winnipeg Free Press, 2010
“Getting to watch Alexander Gamaynov … at such close range was a rare treat.” Winnipeg Free Press, 2010
“Here, the reptile (Alexander Gamayunov) wears a sleek, sexy body suit and bejewelled mask, and pulls off a mesmerizing, sensual duet with a sultry Tiger Lily (Jennifer Welsman).” Georgia Straight, 2009
“Soloist Alexander Gamayunov's Tybalt became downright scary, aggressively taunting Mercutio (Yosuke Mino) until murdered by the vengeful Romeo.” Uptown Magazine, 2009
“Alexander Gamayunov captures the mystical essence of Sarastro, Pamina’s father, while swirling majestically in a challenging full length saffron velvet robe.” Times Colonist, 2004
Photo: Réjean Brandt Photography