Russian Culture

A Focus on Ballet

17th Century

 

Foreigners brought ballet to Russia

Tsar Alexis Mikhaiovich introduced ballet for his wedding festivities



18th Century

Nobles lived far away from capital, so sought out for entertainment. They set up ballet troupes composed of serfs (farmers, slaves)


 

St.  Petersburg Imperial Ballet School was the first school of ballet


Frenchman Jean Batiste Lande

 

Wrote a letter requesting a ballet school.

May 15th 1738 he was granted what is now the Imperial Ballet School in St. Petersburg.
The start of ballet becoming indigenous!


Students at the Imperial Ballet School


Charles-Louis Didelot

“Father of Russian Ballet”


1801 – Sparked the 1st great period of ballet. He believed that “ballet is an action explained by a dance.”


8 types of Religion

Russian Orthodox 71.8%
Muslim 5.5%
Catholic 1.8%
Protestant 0.7%
Buddhist 0.6%
Jewish 0.3%
Other 0.9%
No Affiliation 18.9%


Icons

(religious Paintings)


Peter the Great


Language

Russian is the native language

Most widespread of the Slavic languages

Belongs to the Indo-European language group 


Mariinsky Theatre

 

Opened in 1783

Known as one of the best theatres in the world


Traditional Folk Dances

Barynya
Gypsy
Russian Sailors Dance
Metelitsa


Leo Tolstoy


Fedor Dostoevskii


Today's Culture Similarities

Multi-Ethnic
Continental
Great Powers
Regard themselves as chosen nations
Messianic mission
Think big!!!


America

Diffused
Individual
Protected
Tolerance
Private free market
Western Europe
Fought mostly abroad

Russia

Centralized
Society
Communal good
Consensus
Government centered
Europe, Asia
Constant cruelties


Russian Proverb

"Don’t hurry to reply, but hurry to listen"


"Know what you want and stick to it"

Anna Polvola


Sascha Radetsky