Ivan the Terrible

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(orig. Russ. title Ivan Grozny)

Ballet in two acts with choreography by Grigorovich, music by Prokofiev (taken from Eisenstein's film of the same title, with excerpts from his 3rd Symphony and Alexander Nevsky, arr. by M. Chulaki), and design by Simon Virsaladze. Premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow 20 Feb. 1975 with Vladimirov, Bessmertnova, and B. Akimov. It is essentially a portrait of the controversial personality of Ivan IV and, via a series of danced tableaux, shows how Ivan sinks into sadistic cruelty after the poisoning of his beloved wife Anastasia. It has been revived by Paris Opera, 1976.

Subjects: Dance.

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