Divertissements: From Pavlova to Zakharova

The photo exhibition “Divertissements: From Anna Pavlova to Svetlana Zakharova” presents a unique collection of TASS archival photographs, featuring leading Soviet and Russian ballet dancers from early XX century until today: Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Galina Ulanova, Maya Plisetskaya, Yury Grigorovich, Svetlana Zakharova, Alexei Ratmansky, Ulyana Lopatkina, Nikolay Tsiskaridze, Diana Vishneva, and others.

TASS historic photographs capture the work and legacy of the renowned dancers during their long, tireless rehearsals, live performances, and moments of triumph.

Maya Plisetskaya graces the headline image of the exhibit, with her toned frame and rippling costume frozen in motion. Plisetskaya’s legacy of international stardom while maintaining an authentically soviet polish was not lost on the organizers.

The image of Maya Plisetskaya has been selected as the centerpiece of this exhibit, as her name strongly represents Russian ballet tradition abroad,”– explains Sergei Mikhailov, the General Director of TASS. Adherence to traditions and continuity of generations have always been the distinctive elements of Russian ballet school.

The exhibition is showcased at the National Arts Club as part of the 15th Annual Russian Heritage Month, presented by the Russian American Foundation in collaboration with the New York Post.

The Russian American Foundation is a non-profit, 501(c)(3) entity, founded in 1997 to encourage interest in and understanding of Russian culture among all communities in the U.S., as well as to promote reciprocal interest in and understanding of American heritage among global Russian-speaking communities. In 2003, the Russian American Foundation established Russian Heritage Month®, an annual month-long series of events that celebrates the rich diversity of cultural traditions brought to the U.S. from the many countries of the former Soviet Union.

The Annual Russian Heritage Month® is the only event of its kind in the U.S. and every year attracts a large diverse audience to enjoy a myriad of cultural events, including contemporary and folk music, dance performances, art exhibitions, public festivals, health and sports fairs, business expos, and more. RAF is greatly honored to partner with the New York Post in presenting the Annual Russian Heritage Month® for the past three years.

TASS News Agency is the first official and the oldest news agency in Russia, founded in 1904.

Venue: The National Arts Club, Grand & Trask Galleries 15 Gramercy Park South, New York, NY 10003.

Photography Exhibit “Divertissements: From Anna Pavlova to Svetlana Zakharova” – Stars of Russian ballet
June 19 – July 1
(Mon.-Fri. 10am-5pm, Sat. 11am-5pm)
The National Arts Club, Trask Gallery,
15 Gramercy Park South,
New York, NY 10003

Pictured: Maya Plisetskaya, Bolshoi Ballet principal dancer, performing for her Special Evening. Photo: TASS / Alexander Konkov. 1978.

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