student life in the world's most prestigious dance school
Author: Sofʹi︠a︡ Nikolaevna Golovkina,Sophia N. Golovkina
Publisher: Tfh Pubns Inc
Category: Performing Arts
Describes the training and lives of students in the training school of the Bolshoi Ballet
Author: Roberta Lazzarini
Publisher: Dance Books Ltd
Category: Performing Arts
This is the first study of the extraordinary partnership of Maximova and Vasiliev. Both are very private people, rarely giving interviews, and scorning self-promotion; yet their fame as a legendary dance partnership is so great that they are known throughout the world. Roberta Lazzarini first saw them dance during the Bolshoi's 1963 season at Covent Garden, and has followed their careers ever since. Maximova and Vasiliev co-operated fully with her on the creation of this book, placing many rare documents and photographs at her disposal. This book was not conceived as a biography - although biographical details are given - but as an impression of the dancers and their art, an integrated structure of words and pictures. It covers their entire working life, from the time they first met at the Bolshoi Ballet School in 1949 to the present, concentrating on their most famous roles both in rehearsal and in performance. The author has had many conversations with the dancers and their close colleagues, and she has selected 160 photographs from her collection of over 5000. These have been chosen not only for their superb quality and impact, but also for their ability to convey some of the dedication, stamina and discipline as well as the sheer brilliance of Maximova and Vasiliev.
Author: Simon Morrison
Publisher: Liveright Publishing
Category: Performing Arts
An enthralling, definitive new history of the Bolshoi Ballet, where visionary performances onstage compete with political machinations backstage. On a freezing night in January 2013, a hooded assailant hurled acid in the face of the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet. The crime, organized by a lead soloist, dragged one of Russia’s most illustrious institutions into scandal. The Bolshoi Theater had been a crown jewel during the reign of the tsars and an emblem of Soviet power throughout the twentieth century. Under Putin in the twenty-first century, it has been called on to preserve a priceless artistic legacy and mirror Russia’s neo-imperial ambitions. The attack and its torrid aftermath underscored the importance of the Bolshoi to the art of ballet, to Russia, and to the world. The acid attack resonated far beyond the world of ballet, both into Russia’s political infrastructure and, as renowned musicologist Simon Morrison shows in his tour-de-force account, the very core of the Bolshoi’s unparalleled history. With exclusive access to state archives and private sources, Morrison sweeps us through the history of the storied ballet, describing the careers of those onstage as well as off, tracing the political ties that bind the institution to the varying Russian regimes, and detailing the birth of some of the best-loved ballets in the repertoire. From its disreputable beginnings in 1776 at the hand of a Faustian charlatan, the Bolshoi became a point of pride for the tsarist empire after the defeat of Napoleon in 1812. After the revolution, Moscow was transformed from a merchant town to a global capital, its theater becoming a key site of power. Meetings of the Communist Party were hosted at the Bolshoi, and the Soviet Union was signed into existence on its stage. During the Soviet years, artists struggled with corrosive censorship, while ballet joined chess tournaments and space exploration as points of national pride and Cold War contest. Recently, a $680 million restoration has restored the Bolshoi to its former glory, even as prized talent has departed. As Morrison reveals in lush and insightful prose, the theater has been bombed, rigged with explosives, and reinforced with cement. Its dancers have suffered unimaginable physical torment to climb the ranks, sometimes for so little money that they kept cows at home whose milk they could sell for food. But the Bolshoi has transcended its own fraught history, surviving 250 years of artistic and political upheaval to define not only Russian culture but also ballet itself. In this sweeping, definitive account, Morrison demonstrates once and for all that, as Russia goes, so goes the Bolshoi Ballet.
Opera and Ballet at the Greatest Theater in Russia
Author: Boris Pokrovskiĭ,I︠U︡riĭ Nikolaevich Grigorovich
Publisher: William Morrow & Company
This commemoration of the two hundredth anniversary of Russia's internationally famous national theater and its opera and ballet companies features hundreds of color photographs
This beautiful and remarkable behind-the-scenes study of dancers, musicians and onlookers offers a social and narrative dimension to the everyday life at the legendary Bolshoi Ballet, through the lens of the acclaimed Russian photographer Sasha Gusov. In the words of Andrei Navrozov, Gusov's photographs are lightning fissures, apertures, openings. They are neat as the bullet marks made in the moving target of time by a master of the craft, and the weird and hopeless dawn that streams through these tightly clustered pinholes is the light of future.
The Bolshoi Ballet's American Premiere
Author: Cadra Peterson McDaniel
Publisher: Lexington Books
This book is the first full-length examination of a Soviet cultural diplomatic effort. In her work, McDaniel focuses on the key role that the Soviets assigned to the arts in transforming societies and demonstrates that the Soviets conceived of the arts as a kind of "artful warfare"; a valuable weapon in winning the Cold War.
Author: Y. Bocharinkova,Galina Ulanova,Yuri Slonimsky
Publisher: Literary Licensing, LLC
Additional Author Is M. Gabovich. From Ballet School To Bolshoi Theatre And Back; The Making Of A Ballerina; Inside The Bolshoi Ballet.
Author: Encyclopaedia Britannica, Inc.
Publisher: Encyclopedia Britannica, Inc.
Category: Juvenile Nonfiction
The Britannica Book of the Year 2014 provides a valuable viewpoint of the people and events that shaped the year and serves as a great reference source for the latest news on the ever changing populations, governments, and economies throughout the world. It is an accurate and comprehensive reference that you will reach for again and again.
Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia
Author: Janice Ross,Lynn Garafola
Publisher: Yale University Press
Category: Biography & Autobiography
Everyone has heard of George Balanchine. Few outside Russia know of Leonid Yakobson, Balanchine's contemporary, who remained in Lenin's Russia and survived censorship during the darkest days of Stalin. Like Shostakovich, Yakobson suffered for his art and yet managed to create a singular body of revolutionary dances that spoke to the Soviet condition. His work was often considered so culturally explosive that it was described as like a bomb going off.” Based on untapped archival collections of photographs, films, and writings about Yakobson's work in Moscow and St. Petersburg for the Bolshoi and Kirov ballets, as well as interviews with former dancers, family, and audience members, this illuminating and beautifully written biography brings to life a hidden history of artistic resistance in the USSR through this brave artist, who struggled against officially sanctioned anti-Semitism while offering a vista of hope.
Ballet and Power in Soviet Russia
Author: Christina Ezrahi
Publisher: University of Pittsburgh Pre
Classical ballet was perhaps the most visible symbol of aristocratic culture and its isolation from the rest of Russian society under the tsars. In the wake of the October Revolution, ballet, like all of the arts, fell under the auspices of the Soviet authorities. In light of these events, many feared that the imperial ballet troupes would be disbanded. Instead, the Soviets attempted to mold the former imperial ballet to suit their revolutionary cultural agenda and employ it to reeducate the masses. As Christina Ezrahi’s groundbreaking study reveals, they were far from successful in this ambitious effort to gain complete control over art. Swans of the Kremlin offers a fascinating glimpse at the collision of art and politics during the volatile first fifty years of the Soviet period. Ezrahi shows how the producers and performers of Russia’s two major troupes, the Mariinsky (later Kirov) and the Bolshoi, quietly but effectively resisted Soviet cultural hegemony during this period. Despite all controls put on them, they managed to maintain the classical forms and traditions of their rich artistic past and to further develop their art form. These aesthetic and professional standards proved to be the power behind the ballet’s worldwide appeal. The troupes soon became the showpiece of Soviet cultural achievement, as they captivated Western audiences during the Cold War period. Based on her extensive research into official archives, and personal interviews with many of the artists and staff, Ezrahi presents the first-ever account of the inner workings of these famed ballet troupes during the Soviet era. She follows their struggles in the postrevolutionary period, their peak during the golden age of the 1950s and 1960s, and concludes with their monumental productions staged to celebrate the fiftieth anniversary of the revolution in 1968.
A History Of Ballet
Author: Jennifer Homans
Publisher: Granta Books
Category: Performing Arts
Apollo's Angels is a major new history of classical ballet. It begins in the courts of Europe, where ballet was an aspect of aristocratic etiquette and a political event as much as it was an art. The story takes the reader from the sixteenth century through to our own time, from Italy and France to Britain, Denmark, Russia and contemporary America. The reader learns how ballet reflected political and cultural upheavals, how dance and dancers were influenced by the Renaissance and French Classicism, by Revolution and Romanticism, by Expressionism and Bolshevism, Modernism and the Cold War. Homans shows how and why 'the steps' were never just the steps: they were a set of beliefs and a way of life. She takes the reader into the lives of dancers and traces the formal evolution of technique, choreography and performance. Her book ends by looking at the contemporary crisis in ballet now that 'the masters are dead and gone' and offers a passionate plea for the centrality of classical dance in our civilization. Apollo's Angels is a book with broad popular appeal: beautifully written and illustrated, it is essential reading for anyone interested in history, culture and art.
American Choreography in Cultural Exchange
Author: Clare Croft
Publisher: Oxford University Press
Category: Performing Arts
Dancers as Diplomats chronicles the role of dance and dancers in American cultural diplomacy. In the early decades of the Cold War and the twenty-first century, American dancers toured the globe on tours sponsored by the US State Department. Dancers as Diplomats tells the story of how these tours shaped and some times re-imagined ideas of the United States in unexpected, often sensational circumstances-pirouetting in Moscow as the Cuban Missile Crisis unfolded and dancing in Burma shortly before the country held its first democratic elections. Based on more than seventy interviews with dancers who traveled on the tours, the book looks at a wide range of American dance companies, among them New York City Ballet, Alvin Ailey American Dance Theater, the Martha Graham Dance Company, Urban Bush Women, ODC/Dance, Ronald K. Brown/Evidence, and the Trey McIntyre Project, among others. During the Cold War, companies danced everywhere from the Soviet Union to Vietnam, just months before the US abandoned Saigon. In the post 9/11 era, dance companies traveled to Asia and Latin America, sub-Saharan Africa and the Middle East.
His Life in Music
Author: Gregor Tassie
Publisher: Scarecrow Press
Kirill Kondrashin: His Life in Music presents a full biography of the artist, from his humble background and early conducting experience at age 17, through his 20 years in Leningrad and at the Bolshoi Theatre; from his breaking with the Bolshoi and the expanded symphonic career that followed, through his defection in 1978 and his unexpected death of a heart attack in 1981. Twenty photos are included, as well as a full discography, bibliography, and index.
An Arlene Croce Reader
Author: Arlene Croce
Publisher: Farrar, Straus and Giroux
Category: Performing Arts
The best of America's best writer on dance "Theoretically, I am ready to go to anything-once. If it moves, I'm interested; if it moves to music, I'm in love." From 1973 until 1996 Arlene Croce was The New Yorker's dance critic, a post created for her. Her entertaining, forthright, passionate reviews and essays have revealed the logic and history of ballet, modern dance, and their postmodern variants to a generation of theatergoers. This volume contains her most significant and provocative pieces-over a fourth have never appeared in book form-writings that reverberate with consequence and controversy for the state of the art today.