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The Bolshoi: Bolshoi ballet
Additional title: Bolshoi ballet
Additional title: Don Quixote (Choreographic work : Gorski after Petipa, M)
Additional title: Spring waters (Choreographic work : Messerer)
Additional title: Romeo and Juliet (Choreographic work : Lavrovskiĭ)
Additional title: Swan lake (Choreographic work : Grigorovich after Gorski, Ivanov and Petipa, M)
Additional title: Spartacus (Choreographic work : Grigorovich)
Additional title: Ivan the Terrible (Choreographic work : Grigorovich)
Additional title: Raymonda (Choreographic work : Grigorovich after Gorski and Petipa, M)
Additional title: Nutcracker (Choreographic work : Grigorovich, after Ivanov)
Additional title: Giselle (Choreographic work : after Petipa, M)
Additional title: Laurencia (Choreographic work : Chabukiani)
Additional title: Dying swan (Choreographic work : Fokine)
Additional title: Anna Karenina (Choreographic work : Plise︠t︡ska︠i︡a)
Additional title: Omnibus (Television program : 1967-2003)
Lushin, S. (Stanislav) (Director)
Houldey, Michael (Director)
Grigorovich, I͡Uriĭ Nikolaevich, 1927- (Commentator)
Lavreniuk, Aleksandr, 1939- (Conductor)
Golovkina, Sofʹi͡a Nikolaevna, 1915- (Commentator)
Ananiashvili, Nina (Commentator)
Ananiashvili, Nina (Performer)
Struchkova, Raisa (Commentator)
Liepa, Andris (Commentator)
Liepa, Andris (Performer)
Lunacharsky, Anatoly Vasilievich, 1875-1933 (Speaker)
Akimov, Boris (Commentator)
Messerer, Asaf, 1903-1992 (Commentator)
Lavrovskiĭ, Mikhail (Commentator)
Ulanova, Galina Sergeevna, 1910-1998 (Commentator)
Mukhamedov, Irek, 1960- (Commentator)
Bessmertnova, Natalia, 1941-2008 (Commentator)
Semeni︠a︡ka, Li︠u︡dmila, 1952- (Commentator)
Vasilʹev, Vladimir Viktorovich, 1940- (Commentator)
Maksimova, Ekaterina (Commentator)
Pliset︠s︡kai︠a︡, Maĭi︠a︡, 1925-2015 (Commentator)
Proctor, Martin (Producer)
Zeiger, Neil (Producer)
Megahey, Leslie (Host)
Lichtenstein, Olivia (Narrator)
Collins, Richard, 1947-2013 (Narrator)
British Broadcasting Corporation. Television Service (Producer)
Flicker Productions (Producer)
Arts and Entertainment Network (Production company)

Mikhail Baryshnikov Video Archive

Dates / Origin
Date Created: 1986
Library locations
Jerome Robbins Dance Division
Shelf locator: *MGZIDF 327
Bolʹshoĭ teatr SSSR. Balet -- History
Bolʹshoĭ teatr SSSR -- History
Ballet dancers -- Soviet Union
Choreographers -- Soviet Union
Choreographers -- Soviet Union -- Interviews
Ballet -- History and criticism
Choreography -- History and criticism
Ballet companies -- Soviet Union -- History
Ballet -- Soviet Union -- History
Ballet -- Study and teaching
Filmed performances
Filmed dance
Motion pictures
Documentary films
Television programs
Statement of responsibility: a BBC TV production in association with Flicker[s] Productions LTD and the Arts & Entertainment Network ; Omnibus (series).
Content: Title transcribed from printed label on container.
Content: "Soviet Union film"-- on screen.
Creation/production credits: Stanislav Lushin, director ; chief choreographer and artistic director, Yuri (︠I︡Uriĭ) Grigorovich ; performance conductor, Alexander Lavreniuk (Lavreniuk) ; Martin Proctor, Neil Zeiger, producers ; film editor, Stephen Evans ; directed by Michael Houldey.
Performers: Olivia Lichtenstein, Richard Collins, English voices ; commentary read by Leslie Megahey ; Sophia Golovkina, Nina Ananiashvili, Raisa Struchkova, Andris Liepa, Boris Akimov, Asaf Messerer, Mikhail Lavrovskiĭ, Galina Ulanova, ︠I︡Uriĭ Grigorovich, Irek Mukhamedov, Natalia Bessmertnova, Lyudmila Semenyaka, Vladimir Vassiliev (Vasilʹev), Yekaterina Maximova (Ekaterina Maksimova), Maya Plisetskaya (Maĭ︠i︡a Plise︠t︡ska︠i︡a), performers and commentators ; Aleksandr Lavreniuk, conductor ; Anatoly Vasilievich Lunacharsky, speaker.
Venue: Broadcast on Arts & Entertainment Network 1986 September 9; Originally broadcast on BBC television in England 1986.
Acquisition: Gift; Mikhail Baryshnikov, 2011.
Language: In English; translation voiced over or subtitled.
Physical Description
Extent: 1 videocassette (VHS) (114 min.) : sound, color ; 1/2 in.
Comments by choreographers, ballet coaches and ballet dancers intermingle with excerpts from recordings of dance rehearsals and performances. Topics include: life stories and careers of famous dancers and choreographers, the history of the Bolshoĭ Theater, creation of new ballets, Soviet choreographic school, its budget and structure, the essence of choreography, and classical ballet training. The host speaks about the history of the theater and the famous dancers and choreographers of the past who contributed to its progress and fame and, details of the theater's operation. This recording contains the only recorded speech made by Lunacharsky, the first Soviet People's Commissar of Enlightenment responsible for culture and education, who argued for the protection of arts after the Bolshevik Party came to power.
Type of Resource
Moving image
NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b20203399
Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 8dccef80-e862-0131-2b71-3c075448cc4b
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MLA Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Bolshoi" The New York Public Library Digital Collections. 1986.

Chicago/Turabian Format

Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. "The Bolshoi" New York Public Library Digital Collections. Accessed June 13, 2024.

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Jerome Robbins Dance Division, The New York Public Library. (1986). The Bolshoi Retrieved from

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The Bolshoi