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Alla OsipenkoBeauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet$
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Joel Lobenthal

Print publication date: 2016

Print ISBN-13: 9780190253707

Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016

DOI: 10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.001.0001

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(p.1) Introduction
Alla Osipenko

Joel Lobenthal

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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 Soviet cultural exchanges of the Krushchev era, and her outspoken opposition to Soviet authority. The Introduction also discusses author Joel Lobenthal’s relationship with Osipenko, his initial meeting with her to profile her for the quarterly Ballet Review, and his many interviews with her during the years she taught in Hartford in the 1990s.

Keywords:   Osipenko, Krushchev, Kirov Ballet, cultural exchange, Ballet Review, Lobenthal

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