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Ice Maiden


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(orig. Russ. title Ledyanaya deva)

Ballet in three acts with choreography by Lopukhov, music by Grieg (mostly from Peer Gynt, arr. Asafiev), and design by Golovin. Premiered 27 Apr. 1927 by GATOB (later the Kirov) in Leningrad, with Mungalova and Gusev. It tells the story of an ice maiden, who, disguised as a beautiful woman, lures men to their deaths. Its style was considered seminal in its mix of classical ballet, authentic folk dance, and bold acrobatics. An earlier, less successful version, Solveig, was choreographed by P. N. Petrov using the same music and design (GATOB, 1922) and a later version (after Lopukhov) by Gusev (Novosibirsk, 1964).

Subjects: Dance.


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