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“This performance so fortuitously captured here providing many lessons that contemporary productions could learn from”

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Chopiniana 1977 - Ballet in 1 Act - Running time: 00:28:51


Composer: Frederic Chopin  Conductor: A. Kopylov  Choreography: M. Fokin

Instrumentation: A. Glazunov  Performers: Natalia Bessmertnova, Alexander Bogatyrev & Galina Kozlova

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Frederic Chopin


Frederic François Chopin was a Polish composer and virtuoso pianist of the Romantic era who wrote primarily for solo piano. He has maintained worldwide renown as a leading musician of his era, one whose "poetic genius was based on a professional technique that was without equal in his generation.


Natalia Bessmertnova 

Prima Ballerina

Natalia Bessmertnova was born in Moscow,. She studied ballet at the Bolshoi's school, and entered the company in 1961. Her debut performance with Bolshoi Ballet was in “Chopiniana.“ Bessmertnova had a successful career performing in “Spartacus,“ “Legend of Love,“ “The Golden Age,“ and “Swan Lake.“ Russia honored her with a People's Artist of the U.S.S.R. title in 1976 and a Lenin Prize in 1986.


This ballet does not have a defined plot. This is a dance composition, where there are no personages, no characters. The world of visions is embodied by beautiful girls- sylphs, whose air appearance arises in the imagination of young men (the only male performer) in the world of dreaming and dreams in which the audience is immersed.


This ballet is like an animated world of fleeting visions and romantic dreams; this is how an animated music of Chopin looks like. Dance with ease and grace flows into another dance. The group spills into another group.


There are no traditional choreography techniques. The task of the ballet Chopiniana is to create a special mood in the audience. Beautiful and grace, this ballet is a real standard of spirituality and poetry.


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