American-Soviet Cultural Diplomacy: The Bolshoi Ballet's by Cadra Peterson McDaniel

By Cadra Peterson McDaniel

American–Soviet Cultural international relations: The Bolshoi Ballet’s American Premiere is the 1st full-length exam of a Soviet cultural diplomatic attempt. Following the signing of an American-Soviet cultural alternate contract within the overdue Fifties, Soviet officers resolved to make use of the Bolshoi Ballet’s deliberate 1959 American travel to awe audiences with Soviet choreographers’ nice accomplishments and Soviet performers’ awesome talents. hoping on vast study, Cadra Peterson McDaniel examines even if the ambitions at the back of Soviet cultural alternate and the categorical goals of the Bolshoi Ballet’s 1959 American travel supplied proof of a thaw in American-Soviet kinfolk. Interwoven all through this examine is an exam of the Soviets’ competing efforts to create ballets encapsulating Communist principles whereas at the same time reinterpreting pre-revolutionary ballets in order that those works have been ideologically appropriate.

McDaniel investigates the explanation in the back of the construction of the Bolshoi’s repertoire and the Soviet leadership’s goals and interpretation of the tour’s luck in addition to American reaction to the travel. The repertoire incorporated the 4 ballets,
Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Giselle, and The Stone Flower, and Highlights courses, which incorporated excerpts from quite a few pre- and post-revolutionary ballets, operas, and dance suites. How the americans and the Soviets understood the Bolshoi’s good fortune offers perception into how both sides conceptualized the function of the humanities in society and in political transformation.


American–Soviet Cultural international relations: The Bolshoi Ballet’s American Premiere demonstrates the ballet’s position in Soviet international coverage, a shift to "artful warfare," and hence emphasizes the importance of learning cultural trade as a key element of Soviet international coverage and analyzes the continuing significance of the humanities in twenty-first century Russian politics.


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Outside the Soviet Union, VOKS! 12 In 1926, Americans interested in the Soviet Union founded the American Society for Cultural Relations with Russia. This New York based society did not prove very active partly due to the Soviets’ negative characterization of the members as simply being interested in the Soviet Union for philosophical reasons and not given to engage in more active measures. 13 Within five years of its creation, VOKS’ leaders managed to establish cultural ties with seventy-seven states, whereas traditional diplomatic ties existed with only forty-six of these countries.

76. Newspaper reports that covered the Bolshoi are examined in detail in Chapters 3–7. 77 Philip H. Coombs, The Fourth Dimension of Foreign Policy, 8. 78. Frederick C. Barghoorn, The Soviet Cultural Offensive: The Role of Cultural Diplomacy in Soviet Foreign Policy (Princeton: Princeton UP, 1961), 11. 79. , 10. 80. , 11. Chapter 1 Ideological Goodwill American and Soviet Cultural Exchange Plans On April 16, 1959, thousands of Americans filled the New York Metropolitan Opera House eagerly anticipating the Bolshoi Ballet’s American debut.

Officials recognized that the vastly different economic, political, and cultural heritages of the United States and the Soviet Union heightened the possibility of misunderstandings. 33 Beginning in 1943 and extending into the postwar period, American statesmen, including successive American ambassadors in Moscow, made repeated overtures for a program that would allow the free exchange of persons and information. This exchange would allow each country to demonstrate its stance on cultural, economic, and political matters.

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