Dang – look at this bunch in rehearsal! What a great ensemble the Igor Moiseyev Ballet is. Every single dancer appears exceptionally well trained, and all in the classical ballet tradition by the look of it. Their technique, level of energy, discipline and precision, even during rehearsal, is impressive.
The founder of the company, Igor Alexandrovich Moiseyev, was a graduate of the Bolshoi Ballet in Moscow. He became widely acclaimed as one of the world’s greatest choreographers of character dance. During his carreer Moyseyev was showered with awards and honorary titles. He died in 2007 at the age of 101.
Having been founded in 1937 and based in Moscow, the Igor Moiseyev company always toured extensively, consistently receiving rave reviews wherever they went. The company gained great fame, earning the ensemble recognition as the best character dance company in the world. Watching the video below it’s easy to see why.
For those of you who may not be acquainted with the various dance traditions and styles, character dance is akin to folk dance, only more stylised with significantly more theatrics and professionalism.
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Igor Moiseyev, the founder of the Moiseyev Dance Company, at a rehearsal in 1986.
Credit: Associated Press