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Lev Ivanov

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This is my fav person in history of ballet. I like the underdog and think he is the greatest underdog of all. He created the swan queen in Swan Lake.


I wonder why the manager of the imperial theatre in St Petersburg Ivan Vsevolovsky asked him to create a tribute to Tchaikovsky after his death rather than Maurice Petipa. Health?



Also one critic said something to effect that his choreography is not changed. Like rewriting bible. Is this the greatest tribute and true? Why? I don't think there is room for change.


Only person I get emotional about.



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It's a shame he spent so much of his career in Petipa's shadow, because I think he had some real genius. IMO his choreography doesn't look anywhere near as dated as Petipa's, although of course he was that much younger.

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