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About Alexander Gorsky

Alexander GORSKY (1871 – 1924) is known as a ballet dancer, Russian ballet choreographer and a controversial reformer for the ballet art.

Upon graduation from the Imperial Ballet School where he was taught by Marius PETIPA and Nikolay VOLKOV he joined the Mariinsky Ballet Company and soon was promoted to solo dancers. He performed principal parts in the ballets by Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY (The Sleeping Beauty, The Nutcracker) and by Alexander GLAZUNOV (Raymonda, The Seasons, The Trial of Damis). The very first GORSKY’s production, Clarinda, Queen of the Mountain Fairies, had great acclaim after its premiere in 1889. Soon afterwards he was invited to The Bolshoi Theatre to choreograph The Sleeping Beauty by Pyotr TCHAIKOVSKY. GORSKY joined the theatre and worked there as a ballet master till the end of his life.

The premiere of Don Quixote (1900) in GORSKY’s version divided critics, audience and the performers. Using principles of direction in The Arts Theatre and the ballet master Lev IVANOV’s achievements GORSKY changed traditional academism of the classical ballet bringing into it elements of folk dance. He also changed libretto of the ballet so it could be closer the CERVANTES’s novel.

The young generation of the Bolshoi Theatre and that of the Savva MAMONTOV’s private opera supported GORSKY. Kontantin KOROVIN and Alexander GOLOVIN who created new sets and costumes for the production, liked GORSKY’s version a lot. GORSKY’s Don Quixote has been alive on the stages of many theatres for more than a hundred years.


    October, 2016