Gold Standard: Why Did Russian Ballet Gain Worldwide Recognition?

Gold Standard: Why Did Russian Ballet Gain Worldwide Recognition?

The art of ballet originated in Italy, the terminology of classical dance comes from France, dancers receive ovations in theaters around the world. But why is it the Russian ballet that has been winning over the hearts and has gained iconic status? Here are several objective reasons for that.

Russia and ballet - historically together

The ballet was not invented in Russia. Italy is considered its home, and the word “ballo” is translated from Italian as “dance”. The first ballet dance steps were demonstrated back in the Renaissance at court celebrations.

Later, the fashion for fine dance art was picked up in France. According to legend, the most famous and skillful dancer at that time was King Louis XIV himself. France gave ballet the basic terminology, and the first ballet school was opened there.

Soon the love for ballet comes to Russia too. In 1738, at the request of Jean-Baptiste Landé, the world's second ballet school was opened in St. Petersburg. It still exists today - it is the famous Vaganova Academy of Russian Ballet.

The early 20th century became a golden age in the history of Russian ballet. At that time, Diaghilev's "Russian Seasons" became famous in Europe, and the stars of our ballet stage toured all over the world and hit the front page. Foreigners were happy to learn the art of ballet from the Russians; Vaganova's training system was becoming a universally recognized classic.

Personalities of Russian ballet inspire the whole world: Rudolf Nureyev headed the Grand Opera for several years, Mikhail Baryshnikov lead the American Ballet Theater. Among Western classical dancers, there was a fashion for Russian stage names.

Ballet and genius Russian composers

Classical Russian ballet is a feast for both eyes and ears. All over the world they know and love Swan Lake (a calling card of Russian ballet and ballet art in general), The Nutcracker, The Sleeping Beauty. These performances were born in the creative union of the composer Pyotr Tchaikovsky and the choreographer Marius Petipa. Another performance, recognized as one of the five best in the world, was created to the music by the composer Sergei Prokofiev. This is an immortal love story - Romeo and Juliet.

World ballet stars are from Russia

It is on the Russian ballet stage that brilliant world famous ballerinas and dancers have appeared throughout the history of classical dance. Strong ballet school, powerful government support, interaction with world stars have allowed a whole galaxy of great dancers to shine brightly, create their own unique style and leave a mark on the world history of ballet.  Anna Pavlova, Mathilde Kschessinska, Tamara Karsavina, Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, as well as Václav Nižínskij, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Nikolai Tsiskaridze - these names are familiar even to those who have not seen a single performance.

Strong ballet school, powerful government support, interaction with world stars have allowed a whole galaxy of great dancers to shine brightly, create their own unique style and leave a mark on the world history of ballet.

The real home of Russian ballet is the Bolshoi Theater

A theater space with a rich history and a brilliant present - this is what the State Academic Bolshoi Theater of Russia is. It was on this stage that Swan Lake premiered in 1877, decades later this performance became the calling card of the theater all over the world.

This year, the main stage of the theater marks 10 years since the end of the reconstruction. In 6 years of difficult work, the area of the building was doubled - up to 80,000 square meters, they equipped the underground part and restored the famous acoustics of the auditorium.

For centuries, the Bolshoi Theater in Moscow has remained a luxurious house for the Russian ballet. Classical and modern productions attract spectators from all over the world, the best representatives of ballet art dream of performing on this stage. This means that the art of great dance lives and develops within these walls.