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Dakhnenko Vasiliy

Honored Artist of Russia

Vasiliy Vladimirovich Dakhnenko, Honored Artist of Russia, was born on February 21, 1967. In 1991 he graduated from Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School (the course of Y.M.Solomin) and joined the Maly Theatre’s company. Vasiliy appeared for the first time on stage in the role of Mishka in «The Government Inspector» by Nikolay Gogol, when he was still a student.

Vasiliy Dakhnenko is not a typecast actor. He is very flexible and versatile in his craft and has been successful in almost all genres from comedy to tragedy, from romance to musical. Put him in any genre or role, he's going to pull it off well. Among the images Dakhnenko created are resilient Ivan («The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov), thirsting for justice merchant Krasilnikov («Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy), «superfluous man» Modest Baklushin («There Was Not a Single Penny, and Suddenly There is a Dime» by Alexander Ostrovsky), somber King's Adviser ( «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz), and an incredible Joker in «Krechinsky's Wedding» by Alexander Kolker based on Alexander Sukhovo-Kobylin’s play, who has quicksilver in his veins, the living embodiment of a changeable Destiny.

Vasiliy Dakhnenko will return to the theme of a man’s ultimate doom time and again. This includes one of his best roles – an Inquisitor in «Don Juan» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Alexander Klyukvin. Destined to embody God’s will, in fact this sinister character is not much different from the Satan. «A cold-hearted, tyrannous Inquisitor, who preaches eternal truths can not reach the human heart, because he puts his trust into fear rather than faith», wrote theatre critic Marina Gaevskaya.

A man, a mere mortal, is helpless in the face of destiny. This theme resonates with «harlequinade» that leads to the leitmotif of a miserable low ranking person in a society. An honest shoemaker («The Life and Love of Monsieur de Molière, or The Cabal of Hypocrites» by Mikhail Bulgakov) akin to the famous Shakespearean fools is the only one at the royal court who is allowed to tell the truth.

Vasiliy Dakhnenko has a remarkable artistic taste and subtle humor. His characters, no matter how comic they might seem, always keep a sense of proportion and delicacy.

From 1995 to 2001 Vasiliy Vladimirovich Dakhnenko taught stage movement in Mikhail Shchepkin Higher Theatre School Russian and national Korean studio led by Yu.M. Solomin (graduates of 1999, 2000, 2003), and the course led by V.M.Beylis and V.N.Ivanov (graduates of 2003).

Dakhnenko starred in the movie «In the Beginning Was the Word», and appeared in popular TV series «The Penal Battalion», «Alexandrovsky Garden», «Isaev», «Life and Destiny», and television program about fashion «Podium D'Art».

Vasiliy is also one of the leading voice artists (voice-over and foreign language dubbing). He has lent his vocal talents to characters in feature films, on the radio, in videogames, audiobooks, animation, documentaries, ads. Suffice to say that Vasiliy is considered to be official dubbing artist for Gregory Peck, James Stewart, Michel Piccoli, Robert Duvall, Robert Redford, Jeff Goldblum, Pierce Brosnan, John Cusack, Ben Affleck, Moritz Bleibtreu, Benedict Cumberbatch, Matthew Broderick, Gerard Butler, Christoph Waltz, Jude Law, Adrien Brody, Michael Fassbender, Matt Dillon, Matt Damon, Gary Oldman, Emir Kusturica, Nicolas Cage, Dennis Quaid, Johnny Depp, Christian Bale, Vincent Cassel and many others.

Roles in the Maly Theatre:

1991 – A Guest, «The Cherry Orchard» by Аnton Chekhov, directed by Igor Ilyinskiy

1991 - Krasilnikov, «Tsar Fyodor Ioannovich» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Boris Ravenskikh

1991 - Fencing Master, «The Bourgeois Gentleman » by Jean-Baptiste Molière, directed by Ilan Ronen (Israel)

1991 - First lad, Second lad, «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov, directed by Roman Sokolov

1991 - Wenzel von Nachtheim, «Katie of Heilbronn or The Trial by Fire» by Heinrich von Kleist, directed by Klaus Wagner (West Germany)

1992 - First guard, «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov, directed by Roman Sokolov

1992 - Gryaznoy, «Prince Serebrenni» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1992 - Ivan, «The Little Humpbacked Horse» by Pyotr Yershov, directed by Roman Sokolov

1992 – Second from the crowd, «The King of the Jews» by Konstantin Romanov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

1992 - Egorka, «The Precipice» by Ivan Goncharov, directed by Vera Efremova

1993 - Baklushin, «There Was Not a Single Penny, and Suddenly There is a Dime» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Eduard Martsevich

1993 - Prince Cherkassky, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1995 - Saliy (Saliev), «The Feast of the Victors» by Alexander Solzhenitsyn, directed by Boris Morozov

1995 - Second robber, «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1996 - Wilhelm, «The Guilty Mother, or the Other Tartuffe» by Pierre Beaumarchais, directed by Boris Morozov

1996 – A Townsman, «An Ardent Heart» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Boris Morozov

1997 - Laptev, «Prince Serebrenni» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1997 - King's Adviser, «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1997 - The Joker, Beck, «Krechinsky's Wedding» by Alexander Sukhovo-Kobylin, directed by Vitaliy Solomin and Alexander Chetverkin

1997 - Vasya, «Talents and Admirers» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Beylis

1998 - Simonson, «Resurrection» by Leo Tolstoy, directed by Eduard Martsevich

1999 – The Crow, «The Snow Queen» by Evgeny Schwartz, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1999 - Koshchey, «The Tale of Tsar Saltan» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

1999 - Baryatinsky, «Chronicles of the Palace Coup» by Galina Turchina, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2000 - Mr. D, «Woe from Wit» by Alexander Griboedov, directed by Sergey Zhenovach

2001 - Fyodor Romanov, «Tsar Boris» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2002 - Don Adriano, «Love’s Labour’s Lost...» by William Shakespeare, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2004 - A young man, «All the Days Are Not Alike» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2004 - Observer, «The Last Sacrifice» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2005 - Unknown, «All the Days Are Not Alike» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Alexander Korshunov

2006 - Officer of the Guard, «Maria Stuart» by Friedrich Schiller, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2007 - Ian Buchinsky, Tsar's cook, «Dmitry the Pretender and Vasily Shuisky» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2007 - Waiter at the inn, «The Government Inspector» by Nikolay Gogol, directed by Yuri Solomin and Vasiliy Fyodorov

2008 - First player, «Kasatka» (Darling) by Aleksey Nikolayevich Tolstoy, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2008 - Arialdo, «Mad, Mad Henry» by Luigi Pirandello, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2009 – An honest shoemaker, the royal jester, «The Life and Love of Monsieur de Molière, or The Cabal of Hypocrites» by Mikhail Bulgakov, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2009 - The Chancellor, «Smart Things» by Samuil Marshak, directed by Vasiliy Fyodorov

2010 - Derocher, a writer, «Mysterious Chest» by Pyotr Karatygin, directed by Yuri Solomin

2010 - Inquisitor, «Don Juan» by Aleksey Konstantinovich Tolstoy, directed by Alexander Klyukvin

2012 - Announcer, «The Sacred Monsters» by Jean Cocteau, directed by Anton Yakovlev

2013 - Evgraf Ezhevikin, «The Village of Stepanchikovo and Its Inhabitants» by Fyodor Dostoyevsky, directed by Anton Yakovlev

2014 - Mr. Purgon, «The Imaginary Invalid» by Jean-Baptiste Poquelin, Molière, directed by Sergey Zhenovach

2014 - Pravdin, «The Minor» by Denis Fonvizin, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2014 - Duke de Villequier, «The Youth of Louis XIV» by Alexandre Dumas, père, directed by Yuri Solomin

2017 - Duke of Albany, «King Lear» by William Shakespeare, directed by Anton Yakovlev

2017 - Bakin, «Talents and Admirers» by Alexander Ostrovsky, directed by Vladimir Dragunov

2017 - Shchetkin, «Vanyushin's Children» by Sergei Naidenov, directed by Vitaliy Ivanov

2017 - The priest, «Little Tragedies» by Alexander Pushkin, directed by Vyacheslav Ezepov

2017 - The Priest; Mr. Hofbauer; one of citizens, «The Visit of the Old Lady» by Friedrich Dürrenmatt, directed by Ilan Ronen (Israel)

2018 - Dovotchikov, «Time Of Troubles. 1609-1611» by Vladimir Medinksiy, directed by Vladimir Beylis

2018 - Nikolai before the execution, «Tsar. Coup d’Etat» by Svyatoslav Rybas, directed by Elena Olenina

2019 - Winter, «Before Sunset» by Gerhart Hauptmann, directed by Vladimir Beylis