Vaganova Ballet Academy and stars of the Kirov Ballet

February 25 – 28, 1998

Country of Origin Russia
Description This winter, the full forces of Russia's Vaganova Ballet Academy (over sixty-five dancers in all), and eight of its valedictory graduates now principal dancers with the Kirov Ballet, come to BAM for a very special and limited engagement. New York audiences can watch history in the making as these two revered institutions continue their pas de deux with a repertory of works by such masters as Petipa, Perrot and Belsky. Among the Kirov dancers joining the Vaganova, will be the 21-year old Diana Vishnyeva whom Anna Kisselgoff of The New York Times hailed as a "dazzling revelation," at her recent American debut.

Founded by Imperial Decree in 1738, the Vaganova Ballet Academy of St. Petersburg is regarded as much for its place in ballet history as it is for its artistic reputation. The Vaganova's alumni read like a "who's who" of ballet including Rudolf Nureyev, Anna Pavlova (both of whom made their US debuts on BAM's Opera House stage), Vaslav Nijinsky, Natalia Makarova, Mikhail Baryshnikov and the legendary George Balanchine, who, upon graduating from the academy in 1921, went on to found the New York City Ballet and the School of American Ballet. One of the most significant dance conservatories in the world, the Vaganova is deserving of its status as "a diamond in the crown of Russian culture."

Note: Diana Vishnyeva is not listed in the actual program.
Identifier 1998s.00639