Tiit Helimets


Tiit Helimets (dancer, choreographer)

Tiit Helimets graduated from the Tallinn Ballet School in 1996. He was a soloist with the Estonian National Opera (1996–1999) and danced in the Royal Birmingham Ballet in 1999–2005 (as a principal dancer since 2002). Since 2005 he has been the principal dancer of San Francisco Ballet. His roles in the SF Ballet include Tomasson’s “Giselle” (Albrecht), “The Nutcracker” (Grand Pas de Deux, Prince), “The Sleeping Beauty” (Prince Desiré) and “Swan Lake” (Prince Siegfried and Von Rothbart); Tomasson/Possokhov’s “Don Quixote” (Basilio), Cranko’s “Onegin” (Gremin), Neumeier’s “The Little Mermaid” (Prince), Scarlett’s “Frankenstein” (Alphonse Frankenstein) and Wheeldon’s “Cinderella” (Prince Gillaume). He created roles in Caniparoli’s “Doublestop”, Ibsen’s “House, and Tears”, Possokhov’s “Swimmer” (Humbert) and Wheeldon’s “Ghosts”.

His repertoire also includes Ashton’s “Symphonic Variations”, Balanchine’s “Agon”, “Apollo”, “Allegro Brillante”, “Brahms-Schoenberg Quartet”, “Diamonds”, “Divertimento No. 15”, “The Four Temperaments”, “Scotch Symphony”, “Serenade”, “Stravinsky Violin Concerto” and “Symphony in C”; Bintley’s “The Dance House”, Bubeníček’s “Gentle Memories”, Forsythe’s “in the middle, somewhat elevated”, Liang’s “Symphonic Dances”, Lifar’s “Suite en Blanc”, MacMillan’s “Winter Dreams”, van Manen’s “Variations for Two Couples”, McGregor’s “Borderlands”, “Chroma” and “Eden/Ede”, Nureyev’s “Raymonda – Act III”, Possokhov’s “Firebird” and “Magrittomania”, Ratmansky’s “Russian Seasons”, “Seven Sonatas” and Shostakovich “Trilogy”, Robbins’ “Glass Pieces” and “In the Night”, Tomasson’s “7 for Eight”, “Caprice”, “Chi-Lin”, “The Fifth Season”, “On a Theme of Paganini”, “Prism”, and “Trio” and Wheeldon’s “Continuum”.

In 2013 he produced Estonian National Ballet’s tour to San Francisco, and in 2012 he created a dance/music installation at San Francisco’s de Young Museum. He received an Isadora Duncan Award for Outstanding Performance for his 2015 performances of “Giselle” and in 1999 Tiit Helimets received the annual Estonian Theatre Award for his roles in “The Sleeping Beauty” and “Romeo and Juliet”.


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