The Moiseyev Dance Company are Russia's most travelled troupe. They have broken box office records in more than 50 countries. Their extensive repertoire includes dances from all the former Soviet regions as well as from Poland, Mexico, Japan and many other countries around the world. Igor Moiseyev was already a distinguished choreographer, ballet master, and leading dancer at the Bolshoi Ballet when he set his sights to establishing a state ensemble of folk dancing. In 1937, he started with a 30 member Company. "The purpose of my company", he wrote at the time, "is to create classic national dances; to raise the skill of performance of folk dances to the highest artistic level, and to improve ancient dances in suck a way as to influence the creation of new national dances." Today, with their own orchestra, they have grown to over 200 members. The Moiseyev Dance Company made their U.S. debut at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York on April 14, 1958 under impresario Sol Hurok. All their tours play out to sold-out audiences. The Moiseyev Dance School: Their own dance school accepts students 13 years of age into a rigorous 5-year course, where these novices attest 4-hour classes at the end of their regular school day. They are trained not only in classical ballet, but also in acrobatics, folk dances, and musical instruments. "My dancers," Moiseyev says, "should not only master technique, but they should have unusual stamina, the daring of an acrobat, the skill of a juggler, the speed of a fencer and know how to act as well." V.I.E.W. Video is proud to present "The Moiseyev Dance Company: A Gala Evening," which was presented at the Congress Hall in Moscow as part of the 1980 Olympic Cultural Program.
Tracklisting: 1. Suite of Russian Folk Dances (Tartars, Kalmouks) 2. The Moldavian Suite - a. Hora - b. Chiokyrile (The Lark) - c. Zhok 3. Old City Quadrille 4. The Soccer Match 5. Tajik's Dance of Happiness