The Jewish Chronicle (UK) reviews “Like a Bomb Going Off”

Anne Sebba reviewed Janice Ross’s Like a Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia for the Jewish Chronicle on February 19, 2015. 

Leonid Yakobson is probably one of the most famous Russian choreographers you’ve never heard of. He was also Jewish, a not unrelated fact.

Yakobson was not afraid to use ballet as a way of commenting on the state and its political ordering of the individual. He understood how, in Russia, the ruling powers from Lenin to Stalin, even including Gorbachev, had used classical ballet for their own ends. He not only saw dance as an important medium of social expression but was determined to make it a vital repository of cultural memories of ethnicity, invention, modernism and resistance, all of which were at risk of being erased.

Ross is to be congratulated for finally giving [Yakobson] his due as the equal of Balanchine. One wonders why this genius of modern ballet is not better known.

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