The Daily Beast runs excerpt of “fantastic new book” by Janice Ross

“The Ballet Genius Who Took on the Soviets” in The Daily Beast on February 5, 2015, describes the impact Leonid Yakobson had as a radical artist in his time and runs an excerpt of Janice Ross’s book Like a Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia.

Before there was Pussy Riot there was Leonid Yakobson. Using art to challenge authoritarian rule in Russia is a sport that dates back to the earliest days of the Russian revolution. While Pussy Riot launched their volley from inside Red Square, just across the street, on the stage of the Bolshoi Theatre, during the most brutal decades of Stalinist repression, Yakobson spun out a toe shoe revolution.

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