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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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A Company of His Own:

A Company of His Own:

Privatizing Soviet Ballet

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(p.333) Seven A Company of His Own
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Like a Bomb Going Off
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Janice Ross

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Yale University Press
DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300207637.003.0008

This chapter traces the establishment of a ballet company by Yakobson. This company was the first individual, single-choreographer ballet company to exist in the USSR since the 1920s. The focus was on self-definition, on individual experience, and a reworking of dance language to inspire new meanings. The platform for the company's work was the Soviets' inaugural single-choreographer-led ballet troupe. The company was based on Balanchine in the United States. This new company spread the lead roles among all ranks of dancers depending on their abilities and talents. Every dancer was considered a soloist. Through Yakobson's choreography, dance and culture became inseparable.

Keywords:   Yakobson, single-choreographer-led ballet, dance language, Balanchine

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