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Vladimir Malakhov.

Photographs and text by Nina Alovert. Moscow: Aleatorica. 2003. 216 pages. $65. ISBN 5-9900050-1-6.

The international ballet star Vladimir Malakhov is the subject of a stunning new book of photographs by Nina Alovert (see Dancescape, page 125). A blend of performance shots and portraits, the book traces Malakhov's triumphs at Moscow Classical Ballet, American Ballet Theatre, Stuttgart Ballet, and Vienna State Opera Ballet. The lavish images reflect his soulful, tragic demeanor in romantic ballets while partnering Diana Vishneva or Susan Jaffe. It also captures that fascinating androgyny. With extreme extensions, beautiful line, and limpid grace, he embodies both feminine and masculine ideals. We also see him as a bestial buffoon in David Parsons's Instinct and other surprises.

Recently appointed artistic director of the Berlin Opera Ballet (see News, DANCE MAGAZINE, January, page 10), Malakhov tells Alovert, "I will not abandon the stage. I will be a dancing director."

The book includes an introduction by DANCE MAGAZINE's Editor in Chief Emeritus Richard Philp, a chronology of roles, and a brief biography. Best of all, it's bilingual, so you can learn a little Russian as you bask in these gorgeous photos. For information, email nalovert
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Author:Perron, Wendy
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Book Review
Date:Dec 1, 2003
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