Alexandrovich Sapogov

Russia • Saint Petersburg • 1929−2016
soviet ballet dancer, teacher, Honored Artist of the RSFSR (1960).
Born February 6, 1929, Penza. In 1950 graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic School (teacher V. I. Ponomarev). A pupil of the famous teachers V. Ponomarev and S. Kaplan. Kaplan, Anatoly Sapogov became a classical dancer and a bright, outstanding character dancer of a new type, and later - a tutor, teacher; for many years he taught at St. Petersburg State University of Dance. He is the author of the book Harmony of the Spirit of Matter. In 1949-1975. - In 1949-1975 he was a member of the Kirov Leningrad Opera and Ballet Theater. Characteristically grotesque dancer. He was distinguished by a synthesis of classical and characteristic dance. He revealed himself most fully in roles of modern repertoire (Young Gypsy, Stranger, African). "In full force the dancer's talent was revealed in productions by L. V. Yakobson and Y. N. Grigorovich. Sapogov - Young Gypsy in "The Stone Flower" - a free, full of inner dignity man, revealing in a whirlwind, gusty dance his free soul. Inspirational prophetic dance of his Stranger in "The Legend of Love" is imbued with tragic obsession. Performing as the African in the ballet "Spartacus", Sapogov conveys the shock of his hero's soul before the forced murder. Creating the central image in the ballet "Shurale", he did not repeat any of his predecessors in this complex and difficult role". In 1969-1975 he taught characteristic dance at the Leningrad Vaganova Choreographic School, in 1975-1989 he was a lecturer at the Department of Choreography. - From 1975-1989 he was a teacher at the Choreography Department of the Higher Trade Union School of Culture. From 1977 to 2001, Artistic Director of the Choreography Department of St. Petersburg State University of Performing Arts, People's Artist of the USSR. He died on May 16, 2016, St. Petersburg. He is buried in the New Murmansk cemetery (left side, sector #57). Sapogov was a remarkable characteristically grotesque dancer. He had a temperament, according to F. Lopukhov, not only exuberant, but even tempestuous. He began his work with roles in the classical repertoire, then moved to the performance of character roles and dances. His creative search in the field of synthesis of classical and characteristic dance determined the individuality and modernity of his performance. "Perfection of forms, honed, clear graphic pattern of dance in combination with temperament and natural plasticity - these are the inherent qualities of Sapogov. But these virtues only then acquired special significance when the performer opened up before the sphere of modern choreographic "imagery" (S. Kuznetsov). "His plasticity was limitless, his coordination was unique. But he did not dance: he lived in every movement. Everyone can be taught everything, to train. But the ability to live on stage cannot be taught. And he was like that." (Oleg Vinogradov, Sapogov's pupil, chief ballet master of the Kirov Theater (Mariinsky Theater). "Sapogov is also a brilliant artist. I first saw him painting in Barcelona. He painted in Paris, Venice, London. And everywhere he carried a small easel with him." (Sergei Vikulov, People's Artist of the USSR, teacher at the Mariinsky Theatre.). Theatrical works: First performer of the roles: The African ("Spartacus", 1956, choreographer L.V. Yakobson), The Young Gypsy ("The Stone Flower", 1957, choreographer Y.N. Grigorovich), "Stronger than Death" ("Choreographic Miniatures", 1958, choreographer Yakobson), The Stranger ("The Legend of Love", 1961, choreographer Grigorovich), Chushchetty ("The Legend of Love", 1961, choreographer Y.N. Grigorovich), The Stranger ("The Legend of Love", 1961, choreographer Y.N. Grigorovich). Grigorovich), The Beast ("Wonderland" by Shvarts, 1967, choreographer Yakobson), Agamemnon ("Oresteia" by Y. Falik, 1968, choreographer G. D. Aleksidze), Ali ("Goryanka" by M. Kazhlaev, 1968, choreographer O. M. Vinogradov), Claudius ("Hamlet" by N. Chervinsky, 1970, choreographer K. M. Sergeev). Parts: Shurale, Nurali; Mako ("Thunder Path"), Iago ("Othello"), Nutcracker; Ishmael ("Gayane"), fairy Karabos; Gypsy ("Spanish Miniatures"). Performed character dances in the ballets "Swan Lake", "Laurencia", "Raymonda", "Don Quixote". Awards and titles: Honored Artist of the RSFSR (28.12.1960).
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