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 Post subject: Moiseyev Company
PostPosted: Tue Nov 05, 2002 3:36 am 
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Review in the Times.

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HE MAY be a household name in his native Russia, but until this week Igor Moiseyev’s globetrotting company had not visited Britain for nearly four decades. I’ll be surprised if UK audiences have to wait as long to see this zesty, determinedly populist troupe in action again.
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PostPosted: Wed Nov 06, 2002 3:13 am 
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Moiseyev Dance Company
By Judith Mackrell for The Guardian


Igor Moiseyev was a dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet when he decided to become Russia's answer to Cecil Sharp. Travelling on foot or horseback, he trekked the Caucasus and the Urals researching local dances that would become the repertory for his own folk dance ensemble. That was in 1937. Now, at 96, Moiseyev is not only older than the Russian revolution but is still artistic director of his company, which is back in Britain after an absence of 38 years.
All the works in its current repertory have been choreographed by Moiseyev himself, and it is, admittedly, hard to imagine them being performed in any village square. His cast of energetic dancers are evidently ballet trained, with their feet pointed, their limbs stretched and burnished.

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Passion, precision and some magical Russian steps
By Nadine Meisner for The Independent

It may be the most exciting, the most famous folk ensemble in the world, but here in Britain, the Moiseyev Russian Dance Company has not appeared for 38 years and the name elicits only an interrogatively raised eyebrow. London's Russian community, though, knows better. They were out in force for the opening night when the Russian ambassador made a speech. He declared this the first performance by a major Russian company since a Moscow theatre's occupation by "the forces of barbarism" hit the headlines. "We are making the statement," he said, "that the show goes on".

The Moiseyev show has been going on for 65 years, which is a long time, but not as long as its 96-year-old founder Igor Moiseyev, a former dancer with the Bolshoi. At its creation, it was an innovation to have a company of professional performers. Immaculate in presentation, using dances choreographed for the stage by Moiseyev, it stands out among amateur troupes as an ideal to look up to, a model ensuring the preservation and promotion of folk culture.

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