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Repercussions in London

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0014
Subject:
Music, Dance

After Nureyev’s defection, the Kirov Ballet opened as scheduled at the Royal Opera House in London, but Osipenko found herself largely under quarantine when she was not on stage. However, she enjoyed ... More


Left Behind

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0015
Subject:
Music, Dance

Osipenko saw the toll of the liberties she had taken in Paris; she was not included when the Kirov made its US debut in September 1961, opening at the Metropolitan Opera and touring the country. This ... More


Resigning

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

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2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0023
Subject:
Music, Dance

Less than a year after Makarova’s defection, Osipenko decided to resign from the Kirov in 1971, yet another step in her career of unorthodox upsets to the Soviet cultural establishment.


A New Beginning

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0024
Subject:
Music, Dance

Osipenko and Markovsky joined a small company formed by choreographer Leonid Jacobson, with whom she had worked at the Kirov. It was a significant landmark in Soviet culture, the first dance company ... More


Baryshnikov

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

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2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
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9780190253745
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Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0025
Subject:
Music, Dance

Six months before Baryhnikov’s defection, he directed his own “Creative Evening” at the Kirov, for which he was allowed to choose the repertory and commission new ballets. Osipenko danced with him in ... More


Roaming

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0027
Subject:
Music, Dance

After leaving the Kirov, Osipenko made frequent guest appearances at the Maly theater, where in 1975 a gala was held to celebrate the twenty-fifth anniversary of her professional debut. She and ... More


Boris Eifman

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

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2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0028
Subject:
Music, Dance

Once again, Osipenko was central to a venturesome new project: a company established by thirty-year-old Boris Eifman. Eifman wanted to attract young audiences and acknowledged their interest in ... More


Introduction

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

The Introduction introduces Alla Osipenko, reviews her career, her attributes as a dancer in the Kirov Ballet, her position in the vanguard of modern Soviet choreography, her participation in the ... More


Finding Herself

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0008
Subject:
Music, Dance

Returning from her injury, Osipenko made her debut in Swan Lake, a ballet with which she was identified for the next twenty years. This was followed by a breakthrough performance in Boris Fenster’s ... More


Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Joel Lobenthal

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
book
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.001.0001
Subject:
Music, Dance

Alla Osipenko is one of history’s greatest ballerinas, a courageous rebel who paid the price for speaking truth to the Soviet state. At Leningrad’s Kirov Ballet, Osipenko’s lines, shapes, and ... More


Her Way

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0011
Subject:
Music, Dance

This chapter begins with a description of Osipenko rehearsing the classic ballet La Bayadère while she was working in Hartford in the 1998. That leads back into her decades of experience with the ... More


New Roles

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0012
Subject:
Music, Dance

Liberalization of culture and politics during the Krushchev “thaw” meant a certain relaxation of potential ballet subjects and the possibility of rehabilitation for creative figures who had been ... More


Nureyev Defects

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
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9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0013
Subject:
Music, Dance

Osipenko was prominent when the Kirov Ballet made its debut in Paris in 1961, but her behavior made Soviet authorities skittish, particularly her affair with French ballet star Atillio Labis. Young ... More


Swept Off Her Feet

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
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Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0016
Subject:
Music, Dance

Osipenko divorced Nisnevich after meeting Russian actor Gennady Voropayev.She continued to defy Soviet protocol. Together with a number of her colleagues, she spoke out against the Kirov’s artistic ... More


The Gates Close …

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0017
Subject:
Music, Dance

Soviet cultural diplomacy continued to bring foreign ballet companies to the USSR. Balanchine’s New York City Ballet visited in 1962 and made a great impression on Osipenko. Her son Ivan Voropayev ... More


… And Open Slightly

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0018
Subject:
Music, Dance

For the first time since 1961, Osipenko visited the West with the Kirov when it toured Italy in the summer of 1966. Together with colleagues Makarova and Kurgapkina she ventured out freely around ... More


Staying in the Game

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0019
Subject:
Music, Dance

Divorcing Voropyaev, Osipenko conducted an affair with theater director Georgi Ufeet. Dancing on the Kirov stage was now often a torturous experience for her, given her infrequent scheduling and ... More


Her Fate

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0020
Subject:
Music, Dance

John Markovsky, a young dancer from Perm, was studying in Leningrad when his teacher asked Osipenko to rehearse repertory with him. She fell in love with him and married him, and together they ... More


Cleopatra

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
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January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0021
Subject:
Music, Dance

The Maly theater in Leninigrad was the city’s second ballet company, directed by Osipenko’s ex-Kirov colleague Igor Belsky. It was allowed by the authorities a bit more leeway to experiment. It was ... More


Return to London

Joel Lobenthal

in Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Published in print:
2016
Published Online:
January 2016
ISBN:
9780190253707
eISBN:
9780190253745
Item type:
chapter
Publisher:
Oxford University Press
DOI:
10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.003.0022
Subject:
Music, Dance

Osipenko again danced in London with the Kirov during a six-week season in the summer of 1970. Young Mikhail Baryshnikov was considered a defection risk after his sensational success in London, but ... More


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