Published on: Mar 3, 2016
Transcripts - Natalia Bessmertnova
Dumilina Valeria Vladimirovna , town of
Novocheboksarsk, school № 5 , 7 A.
Natalia Igorevna Bessmertnova
was a Soviet prima ballerina of
the Bolshoi Ballet and a
People's Artist of the USSR
She was born in Moscow in 1941 and trained at the
Bolshoi Moscow Ballet School from 1953 to 1961.
Among her teachers were Maria Kozhukhova and
Sofia Golovkina, and later Marina Semyonova. She
graduated in 1961 as the first student in the
school's history receiving A+ in the final
examinations. In 1963 she joined the Bolshoi Ballet
and was its prima ballerina for three decades. She
was married to Yuri Grigorovich, former Director
and Chief choreographer of the Bolshoi. When
Grigorovich was forced to leave the Bolshoi in
1995, she took part in a historic strike which led to
cancellations of scheduled performances.
Bessmertnova died in Moscow on 19 February
2008, aged 66, from cancer.
Giselle in Lavrosky’s 1963 Giselle production
Leili in Goleizovsky’s Leili and Mejnun 1964
Anastasia in Grigorovich’s Ivan the Terrible 1975
Valentina in Grigorovich’s The Angara 1976
Juliet in Grigorovich’s new Romeo and Juliet 1979
Rita in Grigorovich’s The Golden Age by Dmitri
Shostakovich in 1982
Raymonda in Grigorovich’s new Raymonda
Giselle in Grigorovich’s Giselle in 1991
Medal at Varna International Ballet
Competition in 1965.
The Anna Pavlova Prize in Paris 1970.
USSR State Prize (1977) and Lenin Prize
People's Artist of the USSR in 1976.