A history of Russian ballet from its origins to the present day.
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A history of Russian ballet from its origins to the present day. by Serge Lifar

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Published by Hutchinson in London .
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  • Soviet Union


  • Ballet -- Soviet Union -- History.,
  • Dance -- Soviet Union -- History.

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Edition Notes

StatementTranslated by Arnold Haskell.
LC ClassificationsGV1787 .L4542
The Physical Object
Pagination328 p.
Number of Pages328
ID Numbers
Open LibraryOL6150895M
LC Control Number54002694

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  The origins of ballet in Russia stretch back two hundred years - in the 17th and 18th century ballet flourished under Peter the Great, who reigned from Peter the Great viewed ballet as one of the mediums via which Russia could challenge the West through art and culture - his ambition ignited a cultural revolution in Russia. Genre/Form: History: Additional Physical Format: Online version: Lifar, Serge, History of Russian ballet. New York, Roy Publishers [?] (OCoLC) The era of the Ballets Russes From Russia came the impulse that reanimated ballet in western Europe. For the ballet season in the impresario Serge Diaghilev brought to Paris a company, called the Ballets Russes, that was made up of prominent dancers from the Imperial Ballet. The effect on the artistic world was shattering. While it is difficult to track the true origin of ballet, what is known is that it came to Russia from France. Russia was the country that brought this art form to its lofty heights. The first Russian ballet group appeared in the 18thcentury This group was based in St Petersburg and performed the first emperor ballet.

  In this week's New Yorker, David Remnick takes us behind the scenes of the Bolshoi, the institution at the center of the acid-throwing attack, revealing that, . At first its roll was a virtually component of the opera. Its origins date back to 15th and 16th centuries and started as entertainment form for aristocrats. Ballet began in the Italian Renaissance courts and spread from Italy to France by Catherine de’ Medici. Later it developed into a concert dance form in France and Russia.   The history of Russian ballet goes back to the first half of the XVIII century. Then the Frenchman Jean-Baptiste Landé opened his dance schoolin St. Petersburg. He began teaching specially se lected 12 boys and girls from families of humble origin.   Russia’s deep history with ballet has contributed to its place within the national identity. The Ballet Russes set a precedent. There is a deep-seated interest in Western countries in Russian ballet. People flock to opera houses and arts centers in hopes of seeing what makes the Russian ballet different from other ballet traditions.

Ballet was first popular in countries like Italy and France, and almost years ago, the Russian leader Peter the Great decided to bring ballet to Russia. Now Russia is famous for its ballerinas. Ballet is the national honor of Russian and the “visiting card” of the Russian culture. Originated in Italy and France, here it found its “second home country”. It is in Russia where classical ballet traditions have been kept and developed to present them to the whole world again afterwards.   A history of Russian ballet by Serge Lifar, , Roy Publishers edition, Share this book. Facebook. Twitter. Pinterest. Embed. Edit. Last edited by ImportBot. J | History. An edition of A history of Russian ballet () A history of Russian ballet from its origins to the present day. by Serge Lifar. Ballet was introduced to Russia as an aristocratic dance by Peter the Great, in the early ’s. In , the first ballet school in Russia was opened. The Imperial School of Ballet in St. Petersburg was opened in the s as the first dance company. In the s Russian ballet started taking original movement from folk dancing.