Learning to Be an Outsider
This chapter deals with Yakobson's childhood and his training as a character dancer depicting grotesque and sharply defined personages. After the Bolshevik takeover of Russia, Yakobson's family's conditions deteriorated so he went to live in the Petrograd Children's Colony. Perhaps as a result of the foreign aid given to the children, Yakobson grew up to feel comfortable with his outsider status as a Jewish artist, and thus, he progressed in his work. He and the other children traveled abroad and he emerged as one of the best dancers in the group. When they returned to Russia, the children were “rehabilitated” and Yakobson kept his time in the colony a secret from the public.
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