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Like a Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia

Janice Ross


Everyone has heard of George Balanchine. Few outside Russia know of Leonid Yakobson, Balanchine's contemporary, who remained in Lenin's Russia and survived censorship during the darkest days of Stalin. Like Shostakovich, Yakobson suffered for his art and yet managed to create a singular body of revolutionary dances that spoke to the Soviet condition. His work was often considered so culturally explosive that it was described as “like a bomb going off.” Based on untapped archival collections of photographs, films, and writings about Yakobson's work in Moscow and St. Petersburg for the Bolshoi a ... More

Keywords: George Balanchine, Russia, Leonid Yakobson, Lenin, Stalin, Shostakovich, USSR, artistic resistance

Bibliographic Information

Print publication date: 2015 Print ISBN-13: 9780300207637
Published to Yale Scholarship Online: May 2015 DOI:10.12987/yale/9780300207637.001.0001


Affiliations are at time of print publication.

Janice Ross, author
Stanford University