Lev Ivanovich Ivanov

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Lev Ivanovich Ivanov in the ballet Bayadere , St. Petersburg, 1877

Lev Ivanov ( Russian Лев Иванович Иванов * February 18 . Jul / 2. March  1834 greg. In Moscow , † December 11 jul. / 24. December  1901 greg. In Saint Petersburg ) was a Russian dancer , teacher, choreographer and ballet masters . Ivanov was the assistant to ballet master Marius Petipa at the Kirov Ballet / Mariinsky Theater in Saint Petersburg .


In 1892 Ivanov choreographed the world premiere of Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky's ballet The Nutcracker at the St. Petersburg Mariinsky Theater .

Even today, the so-called “White Nudes” (the second and fourth) of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake (1895) are danced to choreographies by Ivanov.


  • Roland John Wiley: The life and ballets of Lev Ivanov: choreographer of The nutcracker and Swan lake . Clarendon Press, 1997, ISBN 978-0-19-816567-5 .

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