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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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Seeing the West

Seeing the West

(p.62) 8 Seeing the West
Alla Osipenko

Joel Lobenthal

Oxford University Press

In 1956 Krushchev made his epochal denunciation of Stalin, and the Krushchev “thaw” officially began. Later that year Osipenko became the first of her generation of Kirov stars to win acclaim in the West, when she made her Western debut dancing in Paris as a guest with Moscow’s Stanislavsky-Nemirovich Danchenko Ballet. The highlight of the month’s season at the Théâtre du Châtelet is was a production of Swan Lake by Vladimir Bourmeister that proved so popular that the Paris Opera Ballet incorporated it into its repertory in 1960. This chapter tracks Osipenko’s efforts to escape the surveillance of the KGB and her experience of nightlife in Paris, where everything taboo in the Soviet Union is permitted.

Keywords:   Osipenko, Bourmeister, Chatelet, KGB, Swan Lake, Stalin

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