Category: soviet ballet

Olga Spessivtseva costumed as Odette in Swan L…

Olga Spessivtseva costumed as Odette in Swan Lake (Soviet Ballet, 1934)

tsiskaridze: Rare photos of young Galina Ulano…

tsiskaridze:

Rare photos of young Galina Ulanova

Ulanova was born on the 8th of January N.S. (26 December O.S.) 1910 in St. Petersburg, Russian Empire, into a family of Mariinsky ballet dancers. Galina’s father, Sergei Ulanov, dreamed of having a son, so little Galya was raised as a tomboy. Ulanova’s friend, Nina Malanicheva, would later remember Galina as “a naughty boy”.

The “naughty boy” was desperately unhappy about being forced into ballet. Galina had no desire to dance and even disliked going to see performances at the Mariinsky Theatre. But her parents’ will prevailed and, at the age of 9, Galina Ulanova entered the St Petersburg Theatrical Academy (Vaganova Ballet Academy). Ulanova spent the first six years training under her mother, Maria Romanova, before transferring to Agrippina Vaganova’s class. She graduated in 1928 and was immediately hired by the Mariinsky Theatre.

Vaganova Ballet Academy (St Petersburg Theatrical Academy). Class of 1928:

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Galina Ulanova as Odette in Swan Lake (Soviet …

Galina Ulanova as Odette in Swan Lake (Soviet Ballet, 1933)

Olga Spessivtseva as Giselle in Giselle (Soviet Ballet (?),…

Olga Spessivtseva as Giselle in Giselle (Soviet Ballet (?), 1923-4)

Olga Spessivtseva (Soviet Ballet (?), 1922)

Olga Spessivtseva (Soviet Ballet (?), 1922)

Olga Spessivtseva as Aspiccia in La Fille du Pharaon (Soviet…


Olga Spessivtseva as Aspiccia

in La Fille du Pharaon (Soviet Ballet, 1923)