Natalia Bessmertnova

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Natalia Bessmertnova
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

Bessmertnova, Natal’ia Igorevna


Born July 19, 1941, in Moscow. Soviet ballerina. People’s Artist of the USSR (1976).

In 1961, Bessmertnova graduated from the Moscow Choreographic School, where she studied under S. N. Golovkina. She was accepted into the company of the Bolshoi Theater the same year. Her roles have included Odette-Odile in Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake, the title role in Adam’s Giselle, Phrygia in Khatchaturian’s Spartacus, Anastasiia in Prokofiev’s Ivan the Terrible, and Valentina in Eshpai’s Angara. Bessmertnova has won first prize and a gold medal at the International Ballet Competition in Varna (1965), the Prix Anna Pavlova of the Paris Academy of Dance (1970), and the State Prize of the USSR (1977). She has been awarded the Order of the Red Banner of Labor.

The Great Soviet Encyclopedia, 3rd Edition (1970-1979). © 2010 The Gale Group, Inc. All rights reserved.
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A LARGE CONTINGENT of political big shots and several ballet luminaries-including Natalia Bessmertnova, Nadia Nerina, Doris Laine, Konstanze Vernon, Alexander Grant and Ivan Liska--contributed to the glittery atmosphere of the ninth annual Prix Benois de la Danse 2000 gala.
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