Nikita Dolgushin

(b. 1938)

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(b Leningrad, 8 Nov. 1938)

Russian dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He studied at the Leningrad (Vaganova) Ballet School, and graduated into the Kirov Ballet in 1959. Between 1961 and 1966 he was principal dancer with Novosibirsk Ballet (dir. Gusev) except for a season with Australian Ballet in 1963, and he then joined Moiseyev's State Concert Ensemble (1966–8). In 1969 he became a principal with the Maly Theatre Ballet where he danced until 1983. He has also guested regularly with the Kirov (partnering Makarova in 1968) and abroad, making several appearances in film and on television. Tall and elegant with an unusually refined technique (he was often described as an intellectual dancer), he danced lead roles in the classics as well as creating many new roles including Colin in Vinogradov's versions of La Fille mal gardée (1971), Franz in his version of Coppélia (1973), and Prince Igor in his Yaroslavna. He began choreographing in 1967 and his works include Concert in White (mus. Tchaikovsky, Maly Theatre Ballet, 1969), Romeo and Juliet (mus. Tchaikovsky, Maly Theatre Ballet, 1971, new production Leningrad Conservatory Student Ballet, 1980), King Lear (with Aleksidze, Leningrad Conservatory Student Ballet, 1990), and The Cinderella Suite (mus. Prokofiev, Towson State University, 1991). After retiring from the stage he became professor of the Choreographer's Faculty of Leningrad Conservatory and artistic director of the Student Ballet. In 2007 he developed the latter into an independent company, performing repertory by himself as well as reconstructions of ballets from the early 20th century, for example Fokine's Le Pavillon d'Armide. From 1989 he was also guest instructor for the International Ballet Symposium at Towson State University. He was made People's Artist of the USSR in 1976.

Subjects: Dance.

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