Kirov Ballet

Kirov Ballet,

one of the two major ballet companies of Russia, the other being the Bolshoi BalletBolshoi Ballet
, one of the principal ballet companies of Russia; part of the Bolshoi Theatre, which also includes Russia's premier opera company. The Bolshoi Ballet began as a dancing school for the Moscow Orphanage in 1773.
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. In 1991 it was officially renamed the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Ballet; however, on its frequent tours abroad it is still called the Kirov Ballet. Often regarded as the foremost European ballet company, with strict classical traditions of elegance and beauty, the company was originally the Imperial Russian Ballet. In 1889 it moved into the Mariinsky Theatre. Under the direction of Marius PetipaPetipa, Marius
, 1818–1910, French dancer and choreographer, b. Marseilles. Petipa rose to prominence at the Imperial Theatre in St. Petersburg. He was the principal creator of the modern classical ballet.
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 the company premiered the Tchaikovsky ballets Sleeping Beauty (1890) and Swan Lake (1895). The company went into decline after the Russian Revolution in 1917, but the great teacher and ballet mistress Agrippina Vaganova (1879–1951) helped preserve its traditions by training the company's principal dancers. Her work became the foundation of ballet instruction in the Soviet Union. In 1935 the company was renamed the Kirov Ballet. During the cold war, the company experienced difficulties as many of its dancers, including NureyevNureyev, Rudolf
, 1938–93, Russian ballet dancer, b. near Irkutsk, Siberian USSR (now Russia). Nureyev studied in Ufa and Leningrad (now St. Petersburg), and in 1958 he became a soloist with the Kirov Ballet. In 1961 he defected from the Soviet Union while on tour in Paris.
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, MakarovaMakarova, Natalia,
1940–, Russian ballet dancer, b. Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). She studied at the Choreographic School in her native city, graduating in 1959, and joined the Kirov Ballet.
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, and BaryshnikovBaryshnikov, Mikhail
, 1948–, Russian-American dancer and choreographer, b. Riga, Latvia (then in the USSR). He studied in Riga and performed with the Kirov Ballet (1966–74).
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, defected to the West. Since the fall of the Soviet Union, the company has produced, along with its traditional repertoire, ballets by Balanchine and other modern choreographers. Oleg Vinogradov was the artistic director from 1977 to 1997; Valery Gergiev now holds the post.
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a 1970: Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova defected during a visit to London by the Kirov Ballet.
A leading dancer with the Kirov Ballet for more than two decades and a beloved coach at Boston Ballet and the Kirov, Sergei Berezhnoi died in August.
The youngsters have been trained at the Siobhan Collins-McCarthy Dance Academy in Harborne, founded by the former international dancer who learned her skills with the famous Kirov Ballet Company.
1970: Russian ballerina Natalia Makarova defected to the West during a visit to London by the Kirov Ballet.
"Kirov Stars: Shakespeare Dance Trilogy" showcases the impressive talent of Kirov Ballet troupe in three of Shakespeare's best know dramas.
at Birmingham Hippodrome for a champagne reception and dinner before enjoying a gala programme by The Kirov Ballet with excerpts from Chopiniana and La Bayadere.
It's one of the biggest names in world-class ballet and next week The Kirov Ballet makes its Welsh debut.
7, followed by the return of the Kirov Ballet & Opera as part of the Tchaikovsky Festival.
Q MY wife is a great fan of the Kirov Ballet, I am would love to surprise next year and take her to St Petersburg to see them perform on their home ground.
Buoyed by their success in a March event, the Kirov Ballet returned to Mexico for several dates in mid-May, bringing with them one of the world's premier ballerinas in Diana Vishneva.
Unprecedented arrangements were made following the expected bureaucratic stall, and Olga Moiseyeva and Askold Makarov of Leningrad's Kirov Ballet were granted permission to travel to and perform in Canada.
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