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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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First Love

First Love

(p.41) 5 First Love
Alla Osipenko

Joel Lobenthal

Oxford University Press

As a teenager, Osipenko fell in love with young film director Vladimir Nahumov. In the fall of 1950, age eighteen, Osipenko joined the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad. Together with the Bolshoi in Moscow, the Kirov was the leading ballet company in Russia. This chapter reviews the political situation in the USSR immediately after World War II, which saw Leningrad lose the relative autonomy from the Moscow Kremlin that it had achieved during the war. Kirov director Pytor Gusev is portrayed, along with the artistic policies of the company at the time Osipenko joined.

Keywords:   Osipenko, Nahumov, Kirov Ballet, Gusev, Kremlin

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