The Hidden Erotic Body of Soviet Ballet: Special Guest appearance by the Trainees of the San Francisco Ballet Trainee program
12 noon – 1 pm, October 16, 2015
Fridays at Noon Dance Series, 92nd Street Y, New York
Lexington Avenue at 92nd Street
Janice Ross lectured from her new book, Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia. Ross was joined by two of Yakobson’s original dancers, Vera Soloveyva, and Nikolai Levitzsky and the Photographer Nina Alovert who photographed Yakobson and his company during their inaugural seasons. Rarely seen works of the renegade Russian choreographer, Leonid Yakobson, who died 40 years ago in October 1975, will be performed by dancers from the San Francisco Ballet trainee program at the 92nd Street Y in New York City, on the Y’s distinguished dance series, Fridays At Noon. Janice Ross, author of a new book on Yakobson, shared rare film clips and discuss the remarkable story of the choreographer who has been called “The UnBalanchine” for the dense narrative quality of nearly 200 ballets he made during the darkest days of the USSR. Dancers from the San Francisco Ballet trainee program performed excerpts of Yakobson’s Rodin, duets censored for their frank eroticism by Soviet authorities.
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