Raisa Struchkova

Struchkova, Raisa Stepanovna


Born Oct. 5, 1925, in Moscow. Soviet ballerina. People’s Artist of the USSR (1959). Member of the CPSU since 1962.

A student of E. P. Gerdt, Struchkova graduated from a choreographic school in 1944 and was immediately engaged as a soloist in the ballet company of the Bolshoi Theater. Her best roles have included Lise in Hertel’s La Filie mal gardée, Odette-Odile and Aurora in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty, Giselle in Adam’s Giselle, Kitri in Minkus’ Don Quixote, Cinderella, Juliet, and the Lady-in-waiting in Prokofiev’s Cinderella, Romeo and Juliet, and Lieutenant Kije, Maria and Jeanne in Asaf’ev’s The Fountain of Bakhchisarai and The Flames of Paris, and Parasha in Glière’s The Bronze Horseman.

Struchkova became known for her virtuoso technique, precise, refined style, and accomplished character portrayals. She still gives solo performances and has frequently danced abroad. Struchkova has been teaching classical dance since 1966 (since 1968 at the A. V. Lunacharskii State Institute of Theatrical Arts). She has also performed in motion pictures, for example, The Glass Slipper and Your Name.

Struchkova has been awarded the Order of Lenin, the Order of the Red Banner of Labor, and various medals.


Bo’lshoi teatr SSSR. Moscow, 1958. Pages 470–73.
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As the different ballets came into focus, other former Bolshoi stars slipped into memory: the deep-souled Galina Ulanova, the glorious Raisa Struchkova, the adorable Ekaterina Maximova.
Raisa Struchkova was a great Bolshoi ballerina with a rhapsodic style and impeccable technique, although always dancing in the shadow of Galina Ulanova's genius.
There she studied with Natalia Zolotova, Marina Semenova, and Raisa Struchkova.
The dual roles of Odette/Odile were not new to Rojo--she had danced them in ENB's earlier production, staged by the Bolshoi's Raisa Struchkova.
Although created for the Kirov, the Bolshoi actually danced it a lot more convincingly; some of this current version seems pale indeed from my memories of the Moscow production at Covent Garden in 1956, starring both Raisa Struchkova and Marina Kondratieva as Maria, and the still readily available video [1953] with Ulanova as Maria and Plisetskaya as Zarema.