By Joel Lobenthal
She was once the 1st of her new release of Kirov stars to enchant the West whilst she danced in Paris in 1956. yet dancing for the institution had its downsides, and Osipenko's sharp tongue and marked independence, in addition to her almost-reckless flouting of Soviet principles for private and political behavior, quickly stumbled on her all yet quarantined in Russia. An the world over acclaimed ballerina on the peak of her profession, she came across that she may now need to be successful within the face of each test via the Soviet country and the Kirov management to humble her.
In Alla Osipenko, acclaimed dance author Joel Lobenthal tells Osipenko's tale for the 1st time in English, drawing on forty interviews with the prima ballerina, and tracing her lifestyles from Classical darling to avant-garde insurgent. during the ebook, Osipenko talks frankly and freely in a fashion that few Russians of her new release have allowed themselves to. Her voice rises above the incidents as unhesitating and sleek as her mythical adagios. Candid, irreverent, and, specifically, self sustaining -- Osipenko and her tale open a window right into a interesting and little-discussed world.
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