Backward-leaning Bolsheviks, er…Bolshoi men

Dance · Film

The hiring of David Hallberg by the Bolshoi Ballet, founded in the late 18th century, is being trumpeted as a sign of Russian openness and progress. But an arts·meme investigation indicates that rather than Hallberg moving the stodgy Russians forward, they are already pulling him back.

Please refer to the image at left in which Moscow-trained ballet star Theodore Kosloff poses awesomely with his favorite spear in Cecil B. DeMille’s “The Woman God Forgot” (1917). Reminds me, through his body carriage, of David Hallberg’s posture in partnering Osipova in “Giselle.”

They are similarly “laid-back.” Is there a Bolshoi connection?
I would never suggest the Bolshoi is backward. Perish the thought.

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