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Elizabeth Kendall

Greetings. I'm Elizabeth Kendall. I've been a dance critic for most of my life, so I've been to Russia many times to write about ballet. I've also written a social history of American early modern dance, as well as a book about Hollywood romantic comedy of the 1930's, and a memoir. I teach writing and dance history in several universities. My Fulbright project is a book about the fate of Tsarist classical ballet in the Russian Revolution. It will focus on Lydia Ivanova, a brilliant young Petrograd ballerina, and George Balanchine (then Georgi Balanchivadze) the self-designated young choreographer of his generation. These two were at the center of ballet's dangerous struggle to redefine itself in a radical post-revolutionary landscape. They were classmates who became muse and creator, but were separated early by death. Ivanova was supposed to leave for the West with Balanchine and three other dancers in 1924, but was murdered, many believe, by the Cheka secret police. I'm hoping to examine their lives, their art, and Lidiia's death, by means of Russian archival sources. And I look forward immensely to our time in Piter.

The Fulbright Program in Russia. Institute of International Education.
Tverskoy Bul'var 14, building 1, 4th floor, Moscow, Russia 125009.
Tel: +7(495) 935-8353, Fax: +7(495) 937-5418. Contact: info@fulbright.ru