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Geltzer Ekaterina

( Russian ballet dancer)

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Geltzer, Ekaterina (1876-1962), Russian ballet dancer. Born in Moscow on November 2, 1876 into an artistic family (his father Vasily Fedorovich Geltzer - ballet dancer of the Bolshoi Theater, uncle Anatoly Geltzer - theatrical designer). In 1894 she graduated from the Moscow Theater School and was admitted to the Bolshoi Theater, in 1896-1898 worked at the Mariinsky Theater, and then again in 1898-1935 at the Bolshoi Theater. Thus, Geltzer, originally bred in the traditions of the Moscow school (one of her teachers were I. Nikitin and D. MцLndez), has mastered a style of dance and St. Petersburg, was familiar with the repertoire of Petipa. Virtuoso technique and exceptional acting talent allowed her to return to Moscow soon to take a leading position in the company. She brilliantly performed leading roles in all the traditional performances and in most of the new, which was particularly large after the turn of the century, Moscow was sent Gorsky, soon (in 1902) led a troupe. Relationship chief choreographer and lead dancer was not so easy. On the one hand, Geltser willingly acted in the drama and reveal the rich opportunities for acting Gorsky, such as "Salammbo" (music by A. F. Arends, 1910), "Le Corsaire" (music by A. Adam et al, 1912). "Love fast!" (the music of Edvard Grieg, 1913). On the other hand, was a proponent of preserving the integrity of the ballet heritage, 'pure' dance classical ballet, which was contrary to the ideas of Gorsky. Geltzer, the favorite of Moscow audience, usually get their way, and Gorski was forced to make compromises. Ballerina remained in the Bolshoi Theater and after the October Revolution, when many artists left Russia. In the 1920's in her repertoire, new ballets, . posed for her husband, . Tikhomirov: "Esmeralda" (music by C. Puni and Gliere, . 1926) and "Red Poppy" (music by Gliere, . 1927) - first mnogoaktny performance, . where the traditional form of 'grand ballet' with inherent to this genre divertissement and fantastic scenes was used to display modern events,
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Geltzer died in Moscow on Dec. 12, 1962.


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