Vaganova: A Dance Journey from Petersburg to Leningrad

Vaganova: A Dance Journey from Petersburg to Leningrad

by Vera M. Siegel
     
 

 

The only authorized biography about the creator of the renowned Russian ballet curriculum–for the first time in English.

 

The first English edition of the only authorized biography of Agrippina Vaganova (1897-1951) was originally published in Russian in 1989. It tells the story of one of the most important dance teachers of the 20th century

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The only authorized biography about the creator of the renowned Russian ballet curriculum–for the first time in English.

 

The first English edition of the only authorized biography of Agrippina Vaganova (1897-1951) was originally published in Russian in 1989. It tells the story of one of the most important dance teachers of the 20th century, who created a system of teaching ballet that spread throughout the former Soviet Union and beyond.

Vaganova rose through the ranks to become a ballerina in the Imperial Ballet during the last days of Tsarist Russia. After the Revolution of 1917, she became a teacher and transformed the St. Petersburg/Leningrad School of Ballet into a premier institution. She also served as the artistic director of the Kirov Theater.

Written by a direct eyewitness to many of the described incidents, someone who knew Vaganova intimately, the biography is a window into the personality and thinking of this great teacher. It vividly recounts the training and individual styles of such world-renowned ballerinas as Marina Semyonova, Natalia Dudinskaya, Galina Ulanova, and Tatiana Vecheslova, and it offers a unique insight into the world of classical ballet during the era of Tsarist Russia and the early Soviet years.

 

 

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Editorial Reviews

Library Journal
Originally published in Russian in 1989, this is the only authorized biography of a leading ballet teacher of the 20th century, Agrippina Vaganova (1897-1951). Krasovskaya (History of the Russian Ballet) was born in St. Petersburg in 1915 and danced with the Kirov Ballet. It was there that she learned of Vaganova, whom she later befriended. As Krasovskaya explains, Vaganova was a ballerina in the Imperial Ballet during the last days of tsarist Russia. While she rose through the ranks and often received favorable reviews from critics, her repertory was all but limited to variations; she never attained superstar status, instead leaving her mark as a pedagog. She taught at the St. Petersburg/Leningrad School of Ballet, and her landmark textbook, Basic Principles of Classical Dance, defined ballet technique and style in Russia and beyond. In her foreword, Lynn Garafola (Diaghilev's Ballets Russes) notes that Vaganova is not a conventional biography because Krasovskaya uses fictional devices and sidesteps "thorny political issues" like Vaganova's acquiescence to Stalinist politics. Despite these arguable shortcomings and a text that is informative but uninspired, this first English translation is recommended to all dance collections owing to its details of the many significant contributions of a great dance teacher.-Joan Stahl, Univ. of Maryland Lib., College Park Copyright 2005 Reed Business Information.

Product Details

ISBN-13:
9780813028316
Publisher:
University Press of Florida
Publication date:
06/28/2005
Edition description:
First
Pages:
320
Product dimensions:
6.00(w) x 9.10(h) x 1.20(d)

Meet the Author

Vera Krasovskaya, a former dancer with the Kirov in the 1930s, was the preeminent historian of the St. Petersburg Ballet for nearly forty years. Her books include Soviet Ballet Theater, 1917-1967, History of Russian Ballet, and the four-volume Western European Ballet Theater.

 

Vera M. Siegel is a freelance writer and translator for such clients as the Library of Congress and the U.S. Department of State.

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