Lev Ivanovich Ivanov (1834-1901) was a Russian ballet dancer and choreographer. He became Second Balletmaster of the Imperial Ballet. Ivanov is credited with choreographing The Nutcracker in 1892 due to the ill health of Ballet Master Marius Petipa. The extent of his work is disputed. Only Petipa's name appeared on posters for the first production. Ivanov also worked with Petipa on a restaging of Swan Lakein 1895. He choreographed Acts 2 and 4, and the Italian and Hungarian dances in Act 3. Other ballets choreographed by Ivanov as the Second Balletmaster to Petipa include "The Enchanted Forest" (1887), and "The Tulip of Haarlem" (1887). Ivanov is credited with the choreography for the "Polovetsian Dances" in the first production of Borodin's Prince Igor in 1890. Late in life, Ivanov petitioned the Imperial Theatres for financial assistance on the strength of his 50 years of service. He died in poverty.
Ballets[change | change source]
- The Enchanted Forest (1887)
- The Tulip of Haarlem (1887)
- Polovetsian Dances in the opera Prince Igor (1890)
- The Nutcracker (1892)
- Acts 2 and 4 of Swan Lake for the St Petersburg restaging (1895)
References[change | change source]
- Goodwin, Noël (Ed.) Stanley Sadie, "Ballet (2. 19th Century)," The New Grove Dictionary of Music and Musicians, Second Edition. (London: MacMilian, 2001), 29 vols. ISBN 0-333-60800-3.
Other websites[change | change source]
- The Ballet Encyclopedia entry for Lev Ivanov.
- Balletmet.org notes for Lev Ivanov. Archived 2009-05-15 at the Wayback Machine
- Archive film of Alexandra Danilova performing the Sugar Plum Fairy variation from The Nutcracker after Lev Ivanov in 1952 at Jacob's Pillow Archived 2012-04-06 at the Wayback Machine