Category: kirov ballet

Natalia Dudinskaya as Kitri in Don Quixote (Ki…

Natalia Dudinskaya as Kitri in Don Quixote (Kirov Ballet)

Natalia Dudinskaya as Raymonda, and Konstantin…

Natalia Dudinskaya as Raymonda, and Konstantin Sergeyev as Jean de Brienne, in Raymonda (Kirov Ballet)

Natalia Dudinskaya as Nikiya in La Bayadère (K…

Natalia Dudinskaya as Nikiya in La Bayadère (Kirov Ballet)

Natalia Dudinskaya as Raymonda in Raymonda (Ki…

Natalia Dudinskaya as Raymonda in Raymonda (Kirov Ballet)

Alla Shelest as Kitri in Don Quixote (Kirov Ba…

Alla Shelest as Kitri in Don Quixote (Kirov Ballet)

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A rare photo of Galina Ulanova as Princess Florine in the Mariinsky’s “Sleeping Beauty”. 1928. Partnered by Boris Obukhov.

Rudolf Nureyev and Rosella Hightower rehearse …

Rudolf Nureyev and Rosella Hightower rehearse at the BBC television studios (London, 1962).  A new version of the Grand Pas de Deux had been choreographed specially for Nureyev, and this was its first performance in the West.

Vladilen Semyonov as Prince Siegfried, Inna Zu…

Vladilen Semyonov as Prince Siegfried, Inna Zubkovskaya as Odile, and Igor Chernyshev as Rothbart in Swan Lake (Kirov Ballet, 1960s)

Back in 1919, the 15-year-old Balanchine had d…

Back in 1919, the 15-year-old Balanchine had danced the role of the Prince in a Russian production of the ballet.  Russia was the ballet’s home, with native son Tchaikovsky writing the score and the St. Petersburg Imperial Ballet’s premier and assistant ballet masters choreographing the dance.  That very performance, in December 1892 in St. Petersburg, was – I am surprised and sort of charmed to discover – somewhat of a bomb.  One critic wrote that the premier ballerina was ‘corpulent’ and ‘pudgy’ and that one of the other dancers was ‘completely insipid’.  The libretto was ‘lopsided’.  Children should not have been part of the cast.  About the choreography of the battle scene, the critic wrote, ‘One cannot understand anything.  Disorderly pushing about from corner to corner and running backwards and forwards – quite amateurish.’

Gabriela Komleva as Nikiya, and Sergei Vikulov…

Gabriela Komleva as Nikiya, and Sergei Vikulov as Solor, in La Bayadère (Kirov Ballet)