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Like A Bomb Going Off

Like A Bomb Going Off

Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia

Sunday, January 17, 2016 - 2:00 pm

$18 | $10 for Spertus members | $8 for students and Spertus alumni
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Few outside Russia know of Leonid Yakobson, a Jewish choreographic genius who did risky work in the Soviet Union during the darkest days of Stalin. A contemporary of George Balanchine, Yakobson created revolutionary dances for the Kirov and Bolshoi ballets.

Although working in a time of official antisemitism, Yakobson addressed Jewish themes in several of his ballets — openly when possible, covertly when necessary.

Drawing from her new book, Like A Bomb Going Off: Leonid Yakobson and Ballet as Resistance in Soviet Russia, Janice Ross will share original research and rare archival dance footage when she presents Yakobson’s fascinating story.

I salute Janice Ross for allowing us to peek behind the curtain of Yakobson’s extraordinarily creative life. His personal struggle for freedom — in life and in his art — was exemplary.

Dr. Janice RossDr. Janice Ross is a Theatre and Performance Studies Professor at Stanford University. A Guggenheim and Fulbright Scholar, she is the former dance critic for The Oakland Tribune and has served as a contributing editor to Dance Magazine for 20 years.

Like A Bomb Going Off will be for sale and Janice Ross will sign books following the program.

Image at left

Bedbug (1962), courtesy Leonid Yakobson Digital Archive.

Like A Bomb Going Off


This program is part of the Solomon Goldman Lecture Series, generously endowed by Rose and the late Sidney Shure.