in 1984 he became an artistic director at the mime studio of moscow state university. the studio transformed into one of the first independent theater-studios in moscow in 1987, during the beginning of perestroika. the company was called "poor yorik". during this time sasha entered the state institute of theatrical arts, where he studied drama for four years.
in 1990, after closing down the "poor yorik", he worked successively as a director and choreographer in a circus, on tv, and in drama theaters in moscow and abroad. in that period he also visit west europe, takes different dance classes in amsterdam and participates in various theater dance projects.
in 1994 he started the project called "the kinetic theater" in moscow, which led to the creation and performance of a string of experimental works. the project eventually became an intensive search focused on the definition of russian contemporary dance. since the winter of 1995/96 the idea of combining of postmodern russian texts, contemporary dance and traditional russian dramatic style continues in the company's productions.