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Ballet in the Cold War: A Soviet-American Exchange

Anne Searcy


During the Cold War, the governments of the United States and the Soviet Union developed cultural exchange programs, in which they sent performing artists abroad in order to generate goodwill for their countries. Ballet companies were frequently called on to serve in these programs, particularly in the direct Soviet-American exchange. This book analyzes four of the early ballet exchange tours, demonstrating how this series of encounters changed both geopolitical relations and the history of dance. The ballet tours were enormously popular. Performances functioned as an important symbolic meetin ... More

Keywords: Cold War, cultural diplomacy, ballet, transliteration, reception, New York City Ballet, Bolshoi Ballet, American Ballet Theatre

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2020 Print ISBN-13: 9780190945107
Published to Oxford Scholarship Online: October 2020 DOI:10.1093/oso/9780190945107.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Anne Searcy, author
Assistant Professor of Music History, University of Washington