Things You Should Know About the Russian Ballet

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Olga Glioza

As one of the main trade marks of Russian culture, ballet has a special place in the hearts of most Russians. However, there is much about Russian ballet that isn’t known even by fans. We’ve compiled some of the most interesting facts about Russian ballet here.

Ballet wasn’t born in Russia

While it is difficult to track the true origin of ballet, what is known is that it came to Russia from France. Russia was the country that brought this art form to its lofty heights.

The first Russian ballet group appeared in the 18th century

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Russian aristocrats used to dance ballet

During the reign of Ekaterina II (Catherine the Great), ballet became extremely popular, even Russian aristocrats were learning how to dance it. Before becoming emperor, Paul I also danced ballet in the emperor court events.

For some time, ballet was female-only

Once he became emperor, Paul I made some changes: by his rule, male dancers were no longer allowed to dance ballet on stage. Female dancers had to learn male roles.

Sergei Dyagilev created the ballet brand

‘Russian Seasons’ by Sergei Dyagilev swept over the world in the beginning of twentieth century. What’s interesting is that Dyagilev wasn’t interested in ballet until he received a state subsidy to bring Russian ballet to Paris. The rest is history.

Three out of the top five world ballets come from Russia

‘Swan Lake’ and ‘The Nutcracker’ by Tchaikovsky, as well as ‘Romeo and Juliet’ by Prokofiev made it on the list.

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‘Swan Lake’ isn’t just about swans

For the generation that lived through the crush of the USSR, ‘Swan Lake’ is associated with the era. During the August Coup in 1991, all TV channels in the USSR showed this particular ballet.

The Nutcracker ballet is 125 years old

On December 18th, 2017, the ‘Nutcracker’ ballet celebrated its 125th birthday. During its years, this ballet has won the hearts of audiences across the world and has become the main ballet for the holiday season.

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