Stanislavsky ballet (Ballet company)|
«A soulful flight», said Alexander Pushkin about Russian ballet. It has made
a name for itself over the world, and its success is usually, and not
surprisingly associated with the Bolshoi. But no single, even the most famous
theatre could keep up world fame.
Alongside with the Bolshoi, the country has several other brilliant ballet
companies, among which one of the most prominent places justly belongs to the
ballet group of the Moscow Musical Theatre named after Stanislavsky and
The man whose name it bears were great figures in
the Russian theatre who have gone down in its history as reformers of both the
drama theatre and opera and ballet. Stanislavsky’s and Nemirovich-Danchenko’s
productions rose to the summits of the art, marked as they were by harmony of
all expressive means. This original ballet company has always remained faithful
to the principles of its founders.
The history of the theater’s ballet group goes back to the late 1920’s, when
Moscow acquired a dance company that called itself Art Ballet. Its production
caught the ballet lovers’ attention right away. The audiences were
captivated by the performers’ excellence as ballet dancers and drama actors.
Credit for this goes to the founder of the new company, former Bolshoi ballet
star Victorina Krieger, who used Stanislavsky’s and Nemirovich-Danchenko’s
system in her ballet productions.
The new company was also obviously determined to abandon the hackneyed
cliches of the art the traditional themes. Its members earned the name of
dancing drama actors. When Nemirovich-Danchenko saw an Art Ballet production he
was struck by its proximity to what he was doing at his Musical Theatre. In
1939, the latter incorporated the Art Ballet.
Nemirovich-Danchenko himself undertook the first ballet productions, and his
pupil Vladimir Burmeister later headed the company for nearly 30 years acting
both as producer and choreographer to generations of dancers. His works were
invariably original and highly professional as concerns both the dancing and the
acting. For over ten years, from 1971 to 1984, the company was headed by Alexei
Chichinadze, who had used to be its star dancer. In 1985, he was replaced in his
job by young gifted man, Dmitri Bryantsev.
The ballet group of the Musical Theatre consists of high-class professionals,
winners of national and international contests. The Musical Theatre has long
made an international name for itself. It was enthusiastically applauded in
Japan, France, Hungary, Portugal, Yugoslavia, Latin America, Greece, Italy,
|Jules Massenet "Manon" (Ballet in 3 acts)|
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04:02Stanislavsky Ballet and Opera theatre, Moscow, Russia