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By Joel Lobenthal

ISBN-10: 0190253703

ISBN-13: 9780190253707

Alla Osipenko is the gripping tale of 1 of history's maximum ballerinas, a brave insurgent who paid the associated fee for conversing fact to the Soviet nation. She studied with Agrippina Vaganova, the main respected and influential of all Russian ballet teachers, and in 1950, she joined the Mariinsky (then-Kirov) Ballet, the place her strains, shapes, and activities either exemplified the venerable traditions of Russian ballet and propelled these traditions ahead into uncharted and experimental realms.

She was once the 1st of her iteration of Kirov stars to enchant the West while she danced in Paris in 1956. yet dancing for the institution had its downsides, and Osipenko's sharp tongue and marked independence, in addition to her almost-reckless flouting of Soviet ideas for private and political behavior, quickly discovered her all yet quarantined in Russia. An the world over acclaimed ballerina on the top of her profession, she came upon that she may now need to succeed within the face of each try out through the Soviet country and the Kirov management to humble her.

In Alla Osipenko, acclaimed dance author Joel Lobenthal tells Osipenko's tale for the 1st time in English, drawing on forty interviews with the prima ballerina, and tracing her lifestyles from Classical darling to avant-garde insurgent. in the course of the publication, Osipenko talks frankly and freely in a manner that few Russians of her new release have allowed themselves to. Her voice rises above the incidents as unhesitating and swish as her mythical adagios. Candid, irreverent, and, mainly, self reliant -- Osipenko and her tale open a window right into a attention-grabbing and little-discussed world.

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