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Alla Osipenko: Beauty and Subversion in Soviet Ballet

Joel Lobenthal


Alla Osipenko is one of history’s greatest ballerinas, a courageous rebel who paid the price for speaking truth to the Soviet state. At Leningrad’s Kirov Ballet, Osipenko’s lines, shapes, and movement both exemplified the venerable traditions of Russian ballet and projected those traditions into uncharted and experimental realms. Her sharp tongue and candid independence, as well as her almost reckless flouting of Soviet rules for personal and political conduct, soon found her all but quarantined in Russia. An internationally acclaimed ballerina at the height of her career, she had to persist a ... More

Keywords: Osipenko, ballet, Kirov Ballet, Soviet, Russia, Russians

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2016 Print ISBN-13: 9780190253707
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: January 2016 DOI:10.1093/acprof:oso/9780190253707.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Joel Lobenthal, author
Independent scholar, New York, NY