Russian ballet have long crossed the Russian border and acquired huge popularity and recognition around the world.
Russian Ballet Abroad
In 1911, a Russian entrepreneur, innovator and philanthropist Sergei Diaghilev created a ballet company in Paris. It consisted of outstanding dancers and choreographers: Vaslav Nijinsky, Michael Fokin, George Balanchine, Alice Marx, Anna Pavlova, and Tamara Karsavina.
Diaghilev was a proponent of new ideas; he synthesized dance, drama, painting and music. He engaged the best artists to collaborate on his performances. Decorations were created by Benoit, Roerich, Bakst, Korovin, Picasso, Golovin, and Dobuzhinsky. Music scores were written by Debussy, Ravel and Stravinsky.
Russian Bullet Today
Enormous contribution to the development of ballet in the XX century was made by ballerina and teacher Agrippina Vaganova, who created her own system of teaching classical ballet. “Vaganova system” is based on the meaningfulness of technique, specific body, hands and feet positioning.
In the 1950s Bolshoi Theatre and the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theatre (Mariinsky Theatre) went on their tours abroad. The stagecraft of Russian ballerinas, in particular Galina Ulanova and Maya Plisetskaya, created a furor.
Today Russian ballet is popular in Russia and around the world. The names of amazing prima ballerinas of the Mariinsky Theatre Ulyana Lopatkina and Diana Vishneva are widely known. The fans of ballet also know well the names of the prima ballerinas of the main theater of the country – the Bolshoy: Svetlana Zakharova, Natalia Osipova, Maria Alexandrova, Evgenia Obraztsova, Ekaterina Krysanova; as well as the names of the first soloists Alexander Voltchkov, Dmitry Gudanov, Artem Ovcharenko.
Modern Russian ballet keeps the traditions of this classical art form. Ballet dancers surprise the audience with their flexibility, lightness and fantastic technique!
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