Symposium: “The Choreography of Power: Dance and Politics in Russia

Event Location: 
219 Aaron Burr
Event Audience: 
open to the public
Event Detail: 

A symposium on

The Choreography of Power:

Dance and Politics in Russia,


will be held at Princeton University

on Friday, February 7, 2014,

from 1 –7 p.m. in 219 Aaron Burr Hall.


The event, which is free and open to the public, is presented by the Program in Russian, Eastern European, and Eurasian Studies (REEES).


The symposium opens at 1 p.m. with Pavel Gershenzon, a ballet historian and critic and university lecturer at St. Petersburg State University, speaking in Russian on “The New Russian Ballet between Arts, Politics, and Crime.” Translation will be provided.


Tim Scholl, a professor of Russian and comparative literature at Oberlin College, will speak on “Chronicling the Recent Past: Russian Writers on the Post-Soviet Ballet” at 2:45 p.m.


At 4:45, after a short break, a panel on “Russian Ballet on Stage, Backstage, and Behind the Scenes,” will be held.


Discussants include New Yorker dance critic Joan Acocella, Gershenzon, and Scholl. Serguei Oushakine, associate professor of anthropology and Slavic languages and literatures and the director of REEES, will serve as moderator.


The symposium will conclude with video screenings of recent dance productions from The Yekaterinburg State Theater of Opera and Ballet (SALIERI VARIATIONS, choreography by Viacheslav Samodurov (2013), 27 min; CANTUS ARCTICUS, choreography by Viacheslav Samodurov (2013), 30 min.)


**Media who would like to attend should RSVP by February 6 to the Kathleen Allen at or 609-258-5978**


More information:

Program in Russian, East European, and Eurasian Studies at Princeton.



Event Type: 
Standard Event
Event Date: 
Friday, February 7, 2014 - 1:00pm