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Thursday, October 24, 2019

Throwback Thursday and Vasily Tikhomirov

Throwback Thursday and Vasily Tikhomirov

Vasily Tikhomirov was born on March 30, 1876 and performed with the Bolshoi Ballet beginning in 1895. He also choreographed, beginning in 1913. Probably his most famous work is The Red Poppy (1927). He also taught, training such notable dancers as Mikhail Mordkin, Alexandre Volinine and the lady who became his wife, Yekaterina Geltzer with whom he often performed (see the Link of the Day below). They continued to work together even after they divorced.

Tikhomirov had a rigorous, masculine style and he is largely responsible for making this a standard for male ballet dancers in the Bolshoi. Some of his most famous roles included Jean de Brienne in Raymonda; and Conrad in Le Corsaire. In 1914 he toured with Anna Pavlova as her partner.

Tikhomirov died on June 20, 1956 and both he and Geltzer are buried in the Novodevichy Cemetery.
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From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Secret #294:
Vasily Tikhomirov was a dancer with the Bolshoi.”

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Quote of the Day:
“If history were taught in the form of stories, it would never be forgotten.”
― Rudyard Kipling, The Collected Works

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