N. M. Sokolsky’s Impact on the Early Chinese Ballet
Russian Institute of Theatre Arts (GITIS)
Abstract. The article discusses N. M. Sokolsky’s impact on the early Chinese ballet. He created the ballet troupe "Russian Ballet in Shanghai" thereby contributing to the spread of classical dance throughout China. The paper also mentions a pleiad of the talented Chinese artists - N. M. Sokolsky’s disciples - who made a great contribution to the development of the national dance culture. It is noted that Sokolsky’s initiative changed aesthetic perception of Shanghai public, accelerated spread of the western dance culture in China and strengthened its impact on the professional community. Relying on memoirs of Sokolsky’s disciples, the researcher examines principles of his pedagogical work in the Central Academy of Drama (the first higher theatrical education institution in China). Finally, the author draws conclusion about Sokolsky’s impact on the early Chinese ballet.
Key words and phrases: балет, Китай, Н. М. Сокольский, "Русский балет в Шанхае", учебный курс по танцевальному движению, зарубежное влияние на китайский балет, ballet, China, N. M. Sokolsky, "Russian Ballet in Shanghai", training course on dance movement, foreign influence on the Chinese ballet
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