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Marina Semyonova

Marina Semyonova

(1908 – 2010)

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Russian Federation

Marina Semyonova

Marina Semyonova
(1908 – 2010)

In memory of

Marina Semyonova

(1908 – 2010)
About Marina
This tribute is dedicated to Marina Semyonova. Marina Timofeyevna Semyonova was the first Soviet-trained prima ballerina. She was born in Saint-Petersburg. She was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1975.
The first great dancer formed by Agrippina Vaganova, she graduated from the Vaganova School in 1925, which "is registered in the annals of Soviet ballet as the year of the unprecedented triumph of Marina Semyonova".
Maya Plisetskaya was quoted as saying: "What she demonstrated in her time was unusual, brand new, breathtaking. Now it is widely believed it has always been that way."
She worked in the Kirov Ballet until 1930 when Stalin had her transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. There
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she married Lev Karakhan, an Old Bolshevik and Deputy Foreign Minister, best known as an advisor to Sun Yat-sen. He was purged in 1937.
Marina Semyonova was guest with the Paris Opéra Ballet in 1935 where she danced Giselle with Serge Lifar.
Stefan Zweig was quoted as saying: "When she steps onto the stage with her nature-given gait, which her training only polished, and suddenly soars up in a wild leap, the impression is that of a storm suddenly splitting the quiet of a humdrum existence."
She received the Stalin Prize for 1941 and retired in 1952. After that, she became one of the most important teachers and répétiteurs of the Bolshoi Theatre. Natalia Bessmertnova, Marina Kondratieva,
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Nadezhda Pavlova, Nina Sorokina, Ludmila Semenyaka, Nina Timofeyeva and Nina Ananiashvili were among her adepts.
Marina Semyonova retired from her coaching duties at the age of 96. She is known for her friendship with young danseur Nikolay Tsiskaridze who interviewed her on several occasions. She also has a daughter by elocutionist Vsevolod Aksyonov. In 2008, the Bolshoi Theatre celebrated Marina Semyonova's centenary. Marina Semyonova passed away on 9 June 2010 in her home in Moscow. This online memorial has been created to celebrate her life and her dancing.
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Marina Semyonova

This tribute is dedicated to Marina Semyonova. Marina Timofeyevna Semyonova was the first Soviet-trained prima ballerina. She was born in Saint-Petersburg. She was named a People's Artist of the USSR in 1975.
The first great dancer formed by Agrippina Vaganova, she graduated from the Vaganova School in 1925, which "is registered in the annals of Soviet ballet as the year of the unprecedented triumph of Marina Semyonova".
Maya Plisetskaya was quoted as saying: "What she demonstrated in her time was unusual, brand new, breathtaking. Now it is widely believed it has always been that way."
She worked in the Kirov Ballet until 1930 when Stalin had her transferred to the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. There...

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