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Thursday, March 26, 2020

Throwback Thursday and Violetta Bovt

Throwback Thursday and Violetta Bovt

Born in Los Angeles on May 9, 1927 Violetta Trofinovna Bovt became a ballet dancer in the Soviet Union.

Her father was a communist sympathizer and he moved the family to what was then the Soviet Union. He died fighting near the front in Leningrad during WWII. He was in his 40s.

Violetta Bovt trained at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy, graduated in 1944 and began performing at the Stanislavski and Nemirovich-Danchenko Moscow Academic Music Theatre in Moscow. Some of her roles included Odette-Odile in Swan Lake, Anne Page in The Merry Wives of Windsor, and Esmeralda in La Esmeralda, among others.

Since she never gave up her American citizenship, Violetta Bovt was never accepted as a permanent performer with either the Bolshoi or the Maryinsky. She was also not permitted to dance in the United States. Instead she performed as a guest artist in Russia and worked at the Stanislavski theatre as a dancer and as a teacher. A film about her life entitled Interview that Never Happened was produced in 1968.

When the political climate changed she moved to Columbus, Ohio where she was hired by BalletMet.

Violetta Bovt died on April 22, 1995, aged 67 years.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Ballet Secret #318:
“Violetta Bovt was an American citizen who danced in the Soviet Union.”

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― Henry Ward Beecher

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