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Igor Moiseyev

Moiseyev in 1961

Igor Aleksandrovich Moiseyev (Russian: Игорь Александрович Моисеев; 21 January [O.S. 8 January] 1906 – 2 November 2007) was a Soviet and Russian ballet master, dancer, choreographer and pedagogue. Moiseyev was 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 Kyiv, Russian Empire, he was the only child of a Russian lawyer and a French-Romanian seamstress.[1] His family lived in Paris until he was 8, and throughout his life he spoke to Western journalists in fluent French.[2] 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 Labour 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), State Prize of the Russian Federation (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 "For Merit to 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 on 2 November 2007 aged 101.

He was married at least twice. In 1940, he married the dancer Tamara Zeifert [ru] and his daughter from that marriage, Olga, was a dancer in the Igor Moiseyev Ballet.[2] His grandson, Vladimir Borisovich Moiseyev [ru], was a performer in the Moiseyev Ballet as of 2015.[3]

Today, the repertoire of the Igor Moiseyev Ballet includes choreographic works by Moiseyev, starting in 1937. Approximately, there are nearly 300 original works of Moiseyev.



Dance paintings:

and many dances

Honours and awards

Moiseyev at the age of 100
USSR and the Russian Federation

Awards Ovation Preceded by2000Yuri Antonov Living Legend Award 2001 Igor Moiseyev Succeeded by2002Aleksandra Pakhmutova

See also


  1. ^ "Лилит Козлова".
  2. ^ a b Jack Anderson (3 November 2007). "Igor Moiseyev, 101, Choreographer, Dies". The New York Times. Retrieved 21 June 2008.
  3. ^ Ritzel, Rebecca (26 October 2015). "Wearing braids and boots, Russian folk troupe entertains". Washington Post. Retrieved 26 November 2022.
  4. ^ "Указ Президиума Верховного Совета СССР от 20 января 1976 года". Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  5. ^ "О награждении участников декады Бурят-Монгольского искусства". Archived from the original on 22 February 2022. Retrieved 22 February 2022.
  6. ^ "Указ Президиума Верховного Совета СССР от 20 января 1966 года". Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  7. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 21 января 2006 года". Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  8. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 12 июня 1999 года". Archived from the original on 8 June 2019. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  9. ^ "Указ Президента Российской Федерации от 28 декабря 1995 года № 1325". Archived from the original on 16 January 2021. Retrieved 8 June 2019.
  10. ^ Decreto Nacional 1.163/2004
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