The Igor Moiseyev State Academic Ensemble of Popular Dance was founded in 1937. This is the first professional choreography ensemble that does a stage interpretation of world folk dances. The Ensemble went to folklore expeditions around the USSR to study and record nearly forgotten folk dances, songs and traditions. There was no opportunity to go to Europe and study European dances in the 1940s, but Igor Moiseyev managed to reconstruct them by consulting with historians and specialists in folklore.
To achieve the expressivity of dances, the Igor Moiseyev Ballet uses symphonic music, acting technique, acrobatics and beautiful costumes. There are no soloists or corps de ballet: every dancer can be a soloist. That was Igor Moiseyevs principle of equality.
Their repertoire includes almost 300 performances, consisting of Russian, Belarusian, Ukraine, Kalmyk, Uzbek, Romanian, Italian, Greece, Chinese, Korean, Egyptian, Argentine, Vietnamese, and many other styles of dance. They also have one-act Ballets like “Night on Bold Mountain”, “Polovtsian Dances”, and “Evening in the Tavern”.
Igor Moiseyev Ballet has concert tours in different countries. Even in soviet times they had performances in France, Great Britain, and the USA. They were awarded a Guinness World Record as an ensemble that visited more than 60 countries.
Today the Igor Moiseyev Ballet has concert shows around the world. In Moscow they dance at Tchaikovsky Concert Hall. On their website it is possible to watch videos and see behind the scenes photos from the rehearsals.
Tchaikovsky Concert Hall
Moscow, Triumfalnaya pl., 4