Dancing up a storm

The life story of Russian choreographer Leonid Yakobson, who was willing to risk all to get his message across – in the draconian USSR, no less.

February 11, 2016 17:40
Leonid Yakobson

Leonid Yakobson in rehearsal in Leningrad in 1973. (photo credit: ANATOLY PRONIN)


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The art world is replete with weird and wonderful characters, egocentric types and artists with eccentricities that border on the certifiable. Most of all, true artists have to be courageous and to constantly venture into uncharted waters, challenging both themselves and the world around them.

Leonid Yakobson certainly fits the latter description, in more senses than one.


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