Lev Ivanov

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Ivanov, Lev Ivanovich


Born Feb. 18 (Mar. 2), 1834, in Moscow; died Dec. 11 (24), 1901, in St. Petersburg. Russian ballet dancer and choreographer.

Upon graduating from the St. Petersburg Theatrical School in 1852, Ivanov was accepted into the Imperial Ballet, where he became premier danseur in 1869. He was the first to perform the roles of Gyges in Pugni’s Le Roi Candaule and Basil and Solor in Minkus’ Don Quixote and La Bayadere. In 1885 he became assistant balletmaster of the Mariinskii Theater, working with M.I. Petipa. In 1887, Ivanov staged the ballets The Enchanted Forest by Drigo and The Tulip of Harlem by Schell in the Romantic tradition. Exceptional musicality allowed him to create outstanding models of the symphonic treatment of the dance, both character (the Polovetsian dances in Borodin’s opera Prince Igor, 1890) and classical (dance of the snowflakes in The Nutcracker, 1892, and Acts II and IV in Swan Lake, 1895, both by Tchaikovsky). The poetic quality of the characters was embodied by Ivanov in perfect choreographic form. His work represents the highest point of the academic style in the history of Russian ballet.


Krasovskaia, V. Russkii baletnyi teatr vtoroi poloviny XIX veka. Leningrad-Moscow, 1963. Pages 337–401.


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Marius Petipa (1822-1910) y su asistente Lev Ivanov (1834-1901 ) fueron coreografos del Ballet Imperial de San Petersburgo que colaboraron en la composicion coreografica del ballet El lago de los cisnes a finales del siglo XIX, mientras que el maestro Enrico Cecchetti (1850-1928) se distinguio primero como un gran bailarin y posteriormente como un pedagogo innovador en la ensenanza del ballet.
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The choreography set by Lev Ivanov for the premiere, at the Marriinsky Theatre, St Petersburg, in 1919, was retained in every detail for many years.
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And most of all, the choreography, laid out more than 100 years ago by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov for the Russian Imperial Ballet.
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Balanchine--especially as guarded by the Balanchine Foundation and Trust and as recorded on video and in various dance notations--should not suffer the switches and changes now regarded as fair game when dealing with nineteenth-century choreographers such as Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, Balanchine's own special inspiration.
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