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Like a Bomb Going OffLeonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia$
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Janice Ross

Print publication date: 2015

Print ISBN-13: 9780300207637

Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015

DOI: 10.12987/yale/9780300207637.001.0001

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Ballet and Power:

Ballet and Power:

Leonid Yakobson in Soviet Russia

(p.9) One Ballet and Power
Like a Bomb Going Off

Janice Ross

Yale University Press

This chapter examines how Yakobson persisted with his art form despite the difficulties he faced. In Russia, dance had always been a sentient medium full of aesthetics and intellectualism. It was part of the Soviet high class life. The authoritarian state censored writing and ideologies that threatened its security; for Yakobson, dance was the tool for resistance which employed a different kind of expression and form. His political representations expressed in his choreographed movements were live and were carried out on stage. His use of ballet went against the notion that it should only portray Soviet cultural values or, at best, be politically neutral. Instead he showed the cultural power of ballet.

Keywords:   Soviet high class, Soviet cultural values, ballet, resistance

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