Category: ballet history

Isadora Duncan photographed by Arnold Genthe (1915 – 1918).

Altynai Asylmuratova in Giselle (Mariinsky Ballet)

Relâche (Ballet de Lorraine, 2018)

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Lydia Kyasht was born 135 years ago today (25 March). Kyasht trained at Imperial Ballet Academy (Vaganova Ballet Academy), and was part of class of 1902. Her classmates included Tamara Karsavina, and the two women remained close friends for many years.

The Russian-born ballet dancer Kyasht studied at the St Petersburg Imperial Ballet school and joined the Maryinsky Theatre in 1902. Kyasht moved to London and was engaged by the Empire Theatre in 1908, she made her debut in London in a series of divertissements with Adolf Bolm. She became principal dancer at the Empire Theatre, 1908-13. She appeared as Swanilde in Coppélia (1908) and premiered in Sylvia (1911). In 1912 she danced with Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, whom she rejoined in 1919, when she alternated the part of the Young Girl in Papillons with Lydia Lopokova and appeared in Les Sylphides. – Source

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Lydia Kyasht with her close friends and Imperial Ballet Academy (Vaganova Ballet Academy) classmates, Tamara Karsavina and Elena Polyakova. 1902.

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Lydia Kyasht as Lise in “La fille mal gardee”.

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Lydia Kyasht as Swanilda from “Coppelia”. 1912.

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Vaganova Ballet Academy has lost another great teacher. Professor Nikolai Nikolayevich Boyarchikov passed away on March 22, 2020.

Boyarchikov was born in 1935, into the family of one of the first Soviet pilots, Nikolai Boyarchikov, and Vaganova Ballet Academy* teacher, Maria Boyarchikova. During WWII, the Boyarchikov family was evacuated to Perm, where Nikolai started his ballet training. Sadly, Boyarchikov‘s father died during the St Petersburg (Leningrad) blockade.

Upon his return to St Petersburg, Boyarchikov joined Vaganova Ballet Academy*, graduating in 1954 (class of Boris Shavrov). He danced with the Mikhailovsky Theatre** until his retirement in 1971.

In 1956, Boyarchikov had started working as a choreographer. Some of his works, most notably “The Three Musketeers”, were staged in the Mikhailovsky Theatre**. He was Perm Ballet’s chief choreographer from 1971 to 1977. From 1977 to 1990 he worked as the chief choreographer of Mikhailovsky Theatre**, later serving as the theatre’s Artistic Director from 1990 to 2007. 

In 2001, Boyarchikov returned to his Alma Mater. He and served as the head of the Balletmaster Training Faculty at the Academy from 2001 until his death. 

*Then Leningrad Choreographic School
**Then Maly Leningrad Theatre of Opera and Ballet

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Vaganova Ballet Academy has lost another great teacher. Professor Nikolai Nikolayevich Boyarchikov passed away on March 22, 2020.

La Esmeralda (full ballet)

Romeo and Juliet (fragments)

Faust (full ballet)

Natalia Osipova as Isadora and Emily Anderson as Terpsichore in
ISADORA: A Tribute to Isadora Duncan in Two Acts (Royal Ballet, 2018)