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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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Totalitarianism, Uncertainty, and Ballet

Totalitarianism, Uncertainty, and Ballet

(p.372) Eight Totalitarianism, Uncertainty, and Ballet
Like a Bomb Going Off

Janice Ross

Yale University Press

This chapter describes Yakobson's use of improvisation to choreograph movements and gestures beyond what the body could do. In his company, Yakobson utilized the unexpected chance to reflect artistic freedom and a non-totalitarian view of the future. Upon the formation of his own company, Yakobson worked feverishly. At the same time, he was nursing an ailment that turned out to be stomach cancer. As his condition deteriorated, many opportunities opened up for his company and for himself to travel overseas. However, he died on October 17, 1975 at age 71.

Keywords:   Yakobson, choreograph improvisation, artistic freedom, stomach cancer, future

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