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Joseph the Beautiful


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Ballet in two acts with choreography by Kasyan Goleizovsky, music by Sergei Vasilenko, and designs by Boris Erdman. Premiered 3 Mar. 1925, by the Bolshoi Ballet at the Experimental Theatre in Moscow with Lubov Bank, Vasily Efimov, and Aleksei Bulgakov. The biblical story of Joseph was choreographed by Goleizovsky with such explicit eroticism and with such daringly innovative choreography (many of the movements were performed with the dancers lying down) that the Soviet authorities tried to ban it. Changes to both choreography and to the dancers' revealing costumes were demanded. But while the choreographer remounted the ballet in Odessa and Kharkov in the following years it was never again produced at the Bolshoi.

Subjects: Dance.


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