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Raisa Stepanovna STRUCHKOVA

artist , ballerina

Raisa STRUCHKOVA, Ballerina, USSR Academy Bolshoy Theater, since 1944; Popular Artist of USSR and Russian Soviet Federated Socialist Republic. 1st Prize at 2nd World Youth and Student Festival, Budapest, 1949; orders; medals.

Background

STRUCHKOVA, Raisa was born on October 5, 1925 in Moscow.

Education

1944 graduated Moscow Choreographic School.

Career

At age of nine admitted to Moscow Choreographic School, Bolshoy Theater, on competition result. At 11 performed Tadzhikistan dances on stage. While in 5-6th class performed solo dance “Spring” to music by Grieg in Moscow clubs and on school concert tours.

1944 in final examinations danced role of Odette and Odille in Tchaikovsky’s “Lebedinoe ozero” (Swan Lake) and was admitted to Bolshoy Theater ballet troupe as soloist. Former member, Moscow City Soviet. 1947 and 1949 attended 1st and 2nd World Youth Festivals in Prague and Budapest.

As member of Bolshoy Theater ballet troupe appeared in Poland, Rumania, Czechoslovakia, Hungary, Britain, Switzerland, Finland, Germany, Belgium, Sweden, United States of America, etc. 1960 signed petition of protest against “the sending of spies to the USSR”. Roles: Liza in M. Gertel’s “Tshchetnaya predostorozhnost” (The Vain Precaution).

Zolushka in Prokofiev’s “Zolushka” (Cinderella). Mariya and Zhanna in Asafev’s “Bakhchisaraysky fontan” (Bakhchisaray Fountain) and “Plamya Parizha” (The Flame of Paris). Tao Hoa and Parasha in Glier’s “Krasny mak” (The Red Poppy), and “Medny vsadnik” (The Bronze Horseman), etc.

Juliet in Prokofiev’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Giselle in Adan’s “Giselle”. Princess Aurora in Tchaikovsky’s “Spyashchaya krasavitsa” (Sleeping Beauty), etc.

Membership

CPSU 1962.