Igor Alexandrovich Moiseyev (Russian: Игорь Александрович Моисеев; January 21 [O.S. January 8] 1906 – November 2, 2007) has been widely acclaimed as the greatest 20th-century choreographer of character dance, a dance style similar to folk dance but with more professionalism and theatrics.
Life and career
Born in Kiev, the only child of a Russian lawyer and a French-Romanian seamstress. His family lived in Paris until he was 8, and throughout his life he spoke to Western journalists in fluent French. Moiseyev graduated from the Bolshoi Theatre ballet school in 1924 and danced in the theatre until 1939. His first choreography in the Bolshoi was Footballer in 1930 and the last was Spartacus in 1954.
Since the early 1930s, he staged acrobatic parades on Red Square and finally came up with the idea of establishing the Theatre of Folk Art. In 1936, Vyacheslav Molotov put him in charge of the new dance company, which has since been known as the Moiseyev Ballet. Among about 200 dances he created for his company, some humorously represented the game of football and guerrilla warfare. After visiting Belarus he choreographed a Belarusian "folk" dance Bulba ("Potato"), which over the years indeed became a Belarusian folk dance. According to the Encyclopædia Britannica, Moiseyev's work has been especially admired "for the balance that it maintained between authentic folk dance and theatrical effectiveness".
Moiseyev was named People's Artist of the USSR in 1953, Hero of Socialist Labor in 1976, received the Lenin Prize (1967, for the dance show A Road to the Dance), four Stalin/USSR State Prizes (1942, 1947, 1952, 1985), Russian Federation State Prize (1996), was awarded numerous orders and medals of the Soviet Union, Spain and many other countries. On the day of his centenary, Moiseyev became the first Russian to receive Order of Merit for the Fatherland, 1st class — the highest civilian decoration of the Russian Federation. In 2001, he was awarded the UNESCO Mozart Medal for outstanding contribution to world music culture. He died in Moscow in 2007.
Honours and awards
- This article incorporates information from the equivalent article on the Russian Wikipedia.
- USSR and the Russian Federation
- Order of St. Alexander with a crown (Bulgaria, 1945)
- Officer of the Order of Culture, 1st class (Hungary, 1954) and 2nd class (1960)
- Officer of the Order of Culture (Hungary, 1989)
- Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Hungary (1997)
- Commander of the Order of "Citizenship Award" (Spain, 1996)
- Order "Danaker" (Kyrgyzstan, 2007)
- National Order of the Cedar (Lebanon, 1956)
- Order of Sukhbaatar (Mongolia, 1976)
- Order of the Polar Star (Mongolia) (1947)
- Knight's Cross of the Order of Polonia Restituta (Poland, 1946)
- Commander of the Order of Merit of the Republic of Poland (1996)
- Officer of the Order of Culture (Romania, 1945)
- Order of Prince Yaroslav the Wise, 5th class (Ukraine, March 3, 2006) - for outstanding contribution to the development of cultural ties between Ukraine and the Russian Federation, the long-term selfless artistic activity
- Order of Merit, 3rd class (Ukraine, 1999)
- Order of the White Lion, 3rd class (Czechoslovakia, 1980)
- Gold Star of the Order of Brotherhood and Unity (Yugoslavia 1946)
- Commander of the Order of Merit of the Kingdom of Spain (1996)
- UNESCO Mozart Medal
- ^ Jack Anderson (2007-11-03). "'Igor Moiseyev, 101, Choreographer, Dies'". The New York Times. Retrieved 2008-06-21.
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Sun, 16 Jun 2013 14:05:13 -0700
Within the scope of the festival, the world's first folk dance theater, Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble, took the stage at the Istanbul Congress Center at the opening. The ensemble, formed in 1937 by Moiseyev, is the first professional group ...
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The State Academic Company of People's Dance of Igor Moiseyev performed the Dances of Peoples of the World at the Abkhaz State Philharmonic named after R. Gunba yesterday, Apsnypress reports. The program includes dances of Russia, Kalmyks, ...
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