By Joel Lobenthal

Alla Osipenko is the gripping tale of 1 of history's maximum ballerinas, a brave insurgent who paid the cost 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 pursuits 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 new release 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 principles for private and political behavior, quickly came across her all yet quarantined in Russia. An across the world acclaimed ballerina on the top of her profession, she chanced on that she could now need to succeed within the face of each try by means of the Soviet nation 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 booklet, Osipenko talks frankly and freely in a fashion 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 sufficient -- Osipenko and her tale open a window right into a interesting and little-discussed world.

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