Editors Birgit Beumers, Victor Bocharov, David Robinson
Le Giornate del Cinema Muto 2009
The discovery of the films of Alexander Shiryaev, a century after they where made, is a revelation for historians of film and ballet alike. Shiryaev (1867-1941) was a highly regarded figure in the Imperial Russian Ballet of the Marinsky Theatre, St. Petersburg, as dancer, maître de ballet, and teacher. He trained, and later danced with Anna Pavlova, and prepared the 12-yer-old Vaslav Nijinsky for his first stage appearance. After the Revolution of 1917, his teaching was influential on the development of Soviet ballet (his pupils included Yuri Grigorovich and Gallina Ulanova).