Graduated from Vaganov's choreographic school and balletmaster's
faculty at Rimski-Corsakov's conservatoire (in St. Petersburg). In 1973
he was invited to take up the position of Chief Choreographer of the Belarussian
State Academic Bolshoi Opera and Ballet Theatre in Minsk. In 1982 under
the grant UNESCO trained in Paris.
Since 1992, he is Artistic Director and Chief Choreographer of the Academic
Bolshoi Ballet Theatre of the Republic of Belarus. In 1993, in Moscow
he was awarded a special prize for the best choreography at the VII's
International Ballet Competition. In 1996, in Paris, in the Palace of
UNESCO Valentin Yelizariev is called the best choreographer of the year
and laureate of the prize "Benois de la Danse” for the ballet
The ballets he has produced at the Minsk Theatre and other stages affirm
humanistic ideals and are directed at examining the problems of a human
personality and it's surroundings: "Carmen Suite" by Bizet-Shchedrin,
"Creation of the World" by Petrov, "Till Eulenspiegel"
by Glebov, "Spartacus" by Khachaturian, "Nutcracker"
and “Sleeping Beauty” by Tchaikovski, "Giselle"
by A.Adam, "Bolero" by Ravel, "Rite of Spring" and
“Firebird” by Stravinski, "Romeo and Juliet" by
Prokofiev, Cleopatra by V.Kuznetsov; and the choreographed choral production
of Orff's "Carmina Burana". These have been judged by both critics
and the ballet public to be events significance of which goes far beyond
the confines of the Belarussian Art. In 1995 a new ballet "Passions"
(Rogneda) by Mdivany based on the plot of the history of Belarus was staged.
He has a profound knowledge of the classical legacy and is firmly in touch
with the contemporary state of the art of ballet. His work reveals his
intensive search for the means of a new choreographic expressiveness and
leads audiences to high expectations of his new works.
He has collaborated with the State Choreographic Company, the Moscow Classical
Ballet, staged performances at the Kirov Theatre in Leningrad, at the
Bolshoi Theatre in Warsaw and at the Opera and Ballet Theatre in Ljubljana,
Istanbul, Ankara, Tokio. He was a chairman and a member of International
and All Union Ballet Competitions in Moscow (Russia), Kiev (Ukraine),
Nagoya (Japan), Varna (Bulgaria), Shanghai (China), Jackson (USA), Vitebsk
For outstanding merits in the development of the choreographic
art he was awarded: the title of Laureate of the State Premium of the
Republic of Belarus (1996), Honoured Artist of the Republic of Belarus
(1976), People's Artist of the Republic of Belarus (1979), People's Artist
of the USSR (1985), Professor of the Belarussian Academy of Music (1995),
Academician of the International Slavonic Academy (1996), Academician
of Petr's Academy of Science & Art (1997). Is awarded the Friendship
of the Peoples Order, the Francisc Skorina Order, the Fatherland Order.