Ballet Calendar: September

Ballet Calendar: September

Fruitful September gave the world of ballet several premiere performances, a great composer, a choreographer, teachers, world-famous prima ballerinas and a rising star of the Bolshoi Theater.

On September 5, 1963, the Stanislavsky and Nemirovich-Danchenko Theater hosted the premiere of the chamber one-act ballet Pictures at an Exhibition, staged by Fyodor Lopukhov to the music from the suite of the same name by Modest Mussorgsky. The performance consisted of 11 parts, the complex choreography depicted the specific mood of each piece visually. 

On September 7, 1907, a Soviet ballet dancer, choreographer and director, teacher and author of books about ballet, People's Artist of the USSR, Rostislav Zakharov was born. Rostislav Vladimirovich choreographed many iconic ballets, including The Fountain of Bakhchisarai by composer Asafiev and Cinderella to the music by Prokofiev. 

On September 10, 1982, Misty Copeland was born. She is an American ballerina, who, in 2015, became the first African-American woman to receive the title of principal dancer of the American Ballet Theater in its 75-year history. 

On September 13, 1984, Polina Semionova was born. She is a ballerina representing the Russian ballet school and a world ballet star. Right after graduating from the Moscow State Academy of Choreography at the Bolshoi Theater, the dancer became a soloist of the Berlin State Ballet, and later a guest soloist of the American Ballet Theater and La Scala. 

On September 17, 1821, one of the best dancers of his time, an outstanding choreographer and director Arthur Saint-Léon was born. He created dozens of ballets in Rome, Milan, London, Vienna, Berlin, Paris, St. Petersburg, Moscow, the most famous of which was the production of Coppelia. 

On September 22, Eleonora Sevenard turns 23. She is a leading soloist of the Bolshoi Theater, a rising star of Russian ballet. At such a young age, this dancer is already performing the leading roles in such ballets as Coppelia, Spartacus, Don Quixote, Jewels. Sevenard has, probably, inherited her beauty and talent - she is a grand-niece of Mathilde Kschessinska. 

On September 22, 1934, a ballet by Asafiev The Fountain of Bakhchisarai premiered on stage of the Leningrad State Academic Opera and Ballet Theater (now the State Academic Mariinsky Theater). Its libretto was based on the poem of the same name by Pushkin, the choreography was created by Rostislav Zakharov. 

On September 25, we celebrate the 115th anniversary of the birth of one of the most significant composers of the 20th century, Dmitry Shostakovich. Shostakovich presented the world of ballet with music for such performances as The Golden Age, The Bolt and The Bright Stream. 

On September 28, it is the 105th anniversary of the birth of the prima ballerina of the Bolshoi Theater, People's Artist of the USSR, Olga Lepeshinskaya. During 30 years with the Bolshoi Theater, Olga Vasilievna performed the main roles in almost all ballets of the repertoire. And since 1963, after leaving the stage, she became a world-famous teacher - she worked in Rome, Budapest, Munich, Berlin, Dresden, Stuttgart, Vienna, New York, Tokyo, London and other cities, was a professor at GITIS (Russian Institute of Theatre Arts), where headed the examination committee at the department of choreography for over 50 years. 

On September 30, 1863, an Italian ballerina, a leading soloist of La Scala and the Mariinsky Theater, Pierina Legnani was born. The dancer had the strongest pointe technique and was considered one of the most virtuoso ballerinas in the world. She amazed the St. Petersburg audience by performing 28 fouettés - the Russian spectators had never seen so many rounds in a row and such a high quality of performance before.