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[Past Event] Heritage of Soviet Ballet | Livestream Zoom

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Course Description:

Alongside giant construction sites in Siberia and myriad space flights, ballet in the Soviet Union was used as a showcase of socialism. Ballet was treated as the pride of the nation, and justly so. Dr. Elena Sheygal-Placzek examines the history of Soviet ballet and how it evolved by continuing the traditions of classical Imperial ballet while developing new genres under the ideological pressure of the state.

Along the way, we’ll focus on a great choreographer whose name is mostly unknown in the West as well as a legendary ballerina-innovator who became the symbol of Soviet culture. As we experience their outstanding productions, we will analyze how their creative achievements were due to their determination to go against the current.


Tuition: $25.00

Additional Fees: $0.00

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Tuesdays, Nov. 2, 9 *10:00 - 11:30am* (2 sessions)


Course will meet via Zoom and will NOT be recorded or available for viewing later. A Zoom link will be emailed to each participant prior to the class session.


Elena Sheygal-Placzek, Ph.D., is a retired professor of the Volgograd University, Russia. Author of the "English-Russian Dictionary of U.S. Life and Culture," she has been a visiting scholar at UC Berkeley as well as an OLLI lecturer there and at CSUMB.