American–Soviet Cultural Diplomacy

The Bolshoi Ballet's American Premiere

Author: Cadra Peterson McDaniel

Publisher: Lexington Books

ISBN: 0739199315

Category: History

Page: 308

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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.

Bolshoi Confidential: Secrets of the Russian Ballet from the Rule of the Tsars to Today

Author: Simon Morrison

Publisher: Liveright Publishing

ISBN: 0871408309

Category: Performing Arts

Page: 512

View: 2155


In this “incredibly rich” (New York Times) definitive history of the Bolshoi Ballet, visionary performances onstage compete with political machinations backstage. A critical triumph, Simon Morrison’s “sweeping and authoritative” (Guardian) work, Bolshoi Confidential, details the Bolshoi Ballet’s magnificent history from its earliest tumults to recent scandals. On January 17, 2013, a hooded assailant hurled acid into the face of the artistic director, making international headlines. A lead soloist, enraged by institutional power struggles, later confessed to masterminding the crime. Morrison gives the shocking violence context, describing the ballet as a crucible of art and politics beginning with the disreputable inception of the theater in 1776, through the era of imperial rule, the chaos of revolution, the oppressive Soviet years, and the Bolshoi’s recent $680 million renovation. With vibrant detail including “sex scandals, double-suicide pacts, bribery, arson, executions, prostitution rings, embezzlement, starving orphans, [and] dead cats in lieu of flowers” (New Republic), Morrison makes clear that the history of the Bolshoi Ballet mirrors that of Russia itself.

The Bolshoi Ballet

Ballet Company of the Bolshoi Theater of the USSR

Author: V. A. Boni,Viktor Vladimirovich Vanslov,I︠U︡riĭ Nikolaevich Grigorovich

Publisher: N.A


Category: Ballets

Page: 269

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Maximova & Vasiliev at the Bolshoi

Author: Roberta Lazzarini

Publisher: Dance Books Limited


Category: Performing Arts

Page: 174

View: 3693


An appreciative study of the partnership between the extraordinary Bolshoi dancers Vladimir Vasiliev and Ekaterina Maximova, husband and wife as well as artistic partners. This volume treats their entire working life from their meeting at the Bolshoi Ballet School in 1949 to the present, concentrating on their most famous roles both in rehearsal and in performance. No index or bibliography. Rife with gorgeous bandw photographs. Annotation copyright by Book News, Inc., Portland, OR