Bolshoi Confidential

Bolshoi Confidential

Secrets of the Russian Ballet From the Rule of the Tsars to Today

Book - 2016
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In this enthralling, definitive new history of the Bolshoi Ballet, sensational performances onstage compete with political machinations backstage .


On January 17, 2013, a hooded assailant hurled acid into the face of the artistic director of the Bolshoi Ballet, making international headlines. A lead soloist, enraged by institutional power struggles, later confessed to masterminding the crime. The scandal, though shocking, is not an anomaly in the turbulent and tormented yet magnificent history of the Bolshoi. Renowned music historian Simon Morrison reveals the ballet as a crucible of art and politics, beginning with the disreputable inception of the theatre in 1776 and proceeding through the era of imperial rule, the chaos of revolution, the oppressive Soviet years, and the recent $680 million renovation project. Drawing on exclusive archival research, Morrison creates a richly detailed tableau of the centuries-long war between world-class art and life-threatening politics that has defined this storied institution. As Morrison makes clear, as Russia goes, so goes the Bolshoi Ballet.
Publisher: Toronto : Alfred A. Knopf Canada, 2016.
ISBN: 9780345814234
Branch Call Number: 792.80947 Mor
Characteristics: xxix, 507 pages : illustrations ; 25 cm

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Jan 07, 2017

The Bolshoi theater began in the same year as the United States, 1776. This 400+ page book will tell you more about the Russian theatre and the ballet than you ever wanted to know. I enjoyed the book very much until I realized that the first 200 years occupies virtually the entire book with little attention to events in the last 50 years. I found that 15 pages devoted to 80 years of arguments about the staging of "Sparticus" were far too many and the fact that Rudolf Nureyev receives three sentences and Mikhail Baryshnikov only one was a true failure in the narrative. Two paws up from Abby Tabby and Kristi

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