The Soviet System gave so much to the world of ballet, and at the same time it took so much from their dancers. To organize such an historical event in London, especially during times that were both politically and diplomatically challenging was an amazing feat.
Galina Ulanova spoke about her life as a ballerina.
“I did not really wish to be a ballet dancer. True, my first visit to the theatre fired my imagination, but I was not swept off my feet by that strong impulse for a stage career which precipitated so many to the footlights.”
What do you think of performance by Galina Ulanova and The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet? Have you seen The Bolshoi Ballet perform?
Today’s Artists is Galina Ulanova performing in Giselle with The Bolshoi Theatre Ballet. This Live performance is from October 1956 at The Royal Opera House, Covent Garden.
Choreographers: Leonid Lavrovsky.
Born: 8 January 1910, Saint Petersburg, Russia. – Died: 21 March 1998, Moscow, Russia.
From the moment Miss. Ulanova made her debut in 1928 at the Mariinsky Ballet (Kirov Ballet) in a Pas De Deux from Les Sylphides and also The Nutcracker, and later the same year in The Sleeping Beauty as Princess Florina, she captured the attention of the media and the ballet world. The Russian press at the time described her “Much of (Marina) Semyonova’s style, grace, the same exceptional plasticity and a sort of captivating modesty in her gestures.”
Miss. Ulanova first performed Giselle in 1932; it was by chance she gained the lead role. As the originally ballerina who was to perform the role fell ill.
Miss. Ulanova remained with Kirov Ballet until 1944 performing in various other ballets. By early 1944, she was transferred to Bolshoi Ballet for political reasons; she was a Prima Ballerina Assoluta from 1944 to 1960.