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Alla Sizova 1939-2014


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The death is reported in St Petersburg of Alla Sizova, one of the most distinguished Kirov ballerinas of the post-war period. She was 75 and had been suffering from cancer.

 

She danced almost all of the leading roles in the classical repertoire and was renowned for her elevation and batterie. An indication of her talent and the esteem in which she was held was that on her graduation form the school, she was accepted into the Kirov company as a soloist, becoming a principal within a couple of years. Her regular partners included both Nureyev and Soloviev and later she was partnered by Baryshnikov.

 

Sizova was not only immensely talented, she also kept away from the various political cliques almost endemic in ballet companies in the late Soviet era and was popular and liked by other dancers. She was kept off stage for about two years in the sixties with a major back injury, but returned to performances with few concessions having to be made. There are several examples of her work available on You Tube for anyone interested in seeing a great dancer in performance.

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