Magazine article Dance Magazine

Moiseyev Dance Company

Magazine article Dance Magazine

Moiseyev Dance Company

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What renegade choreographer Boris Eifman has done to move Russian ballet into the twenty-first century, former ballet master of the Bolshoi Ballet Igor Moiseyev has done to preserve the dance heritage of the Russian people. He uses his command of theatricality, prolific movement invention, cultural sensitivity, and understanding to raise folk forms to the highest artistic level.

"Summer," from the dance suite The Seasons, opened the program with typical Moiseyev fare: a grand array of more than forty dancers in brightly colored costumes weaving in and out of complex formations, celebrating with vibrant displays of technical virtuosity and complicated footwork at ever-increasing speed.

With quivering chests and arms and stylized patterns, three men in tightly knit formation simulated the takeoff and soaring flight of eagles in the stunning, abstract Kalmuk Dance.

The troupe's celebrated classic, Partisans, found Moiseyev at the peak of his abilities, uniting movement, staging, costumes, and props into a powerful, haunting tribute to the mountaineers of various nationalities who together fought the Nazis. Robed from head to toe in black blankets, the fighters glided nobly around the stage (as though on motorized platforms), their sedate march gradually unfolding into a bravura display as the men and women exploded into action against the enemy, their torsos vibrating with the bursts of fire from their rifles. …

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