Artistic director and chief choreographer of the Beryozka State Academic Choreographic Ensemble, People’s Artist of the USSR Mira Koltsova has died at the age of 83. About it informs RIA Novosti with reference to the administration of the President of Russia, in the system of which Beryozka has been a member since 2006.
Its leader Alexander Kolpakov expressed his condolences to the Koltsova family and the ensemble staff. “Mira Mikhailovna was an outstanding person, an artist with a capital letter and a true patriot of her country. She devoted all her boundless talent to the glorification of the cultural traditions of Russia, ”he said.
Koltsova was born in Moscow in 1938, graduated from the choreographic school at the Bolshoi Theater of the USSR and the theater department of GITIS. In 1957, Beryozka became her first place of work.
“At the age of 17, even before graduating from the choreographic school at the Bolshoi Theater, [создательница «Березки»] Nadezhda Sergeevna [Надеждина] saw me at the show. She arranged for me to pass the final exams ahead of schedule and immediately went with the ensemble to Paris, ” told Koltsova in an interview.
In 1960, Koltsova starred in the musical comedy “Girl’s Spring” by Veniamin Dorman and Genrikh Oganesyan, where she played the main role – the soloist of the choreographic ensemble Galina Soboleva. According to the plot, the Maiden Spring team, returning from a Paris tour, sets sail on the Volga on a ship to perform at the Sormovo shipbuilding plant, and uses this time for rehearsals, entertaining ordinary passengers.
For more than 20 years, Koltsova was the leading soloist of the group and performed all the solo ballet parts there. In 1978, she became the first assistant to Nadezhdina, and in 1979, after her death, she took over the management of Beryozka.
In addition, Koltsova, as the chief choreographer, worked at the decades of Russian art in Kyiv, Warsaw, Sofia, Belgrade, Berlin, in 1996 – at the “Slavianski Bazaar” in Vitebsk, and in 1997 – at the anniversary celebrations in honor of the 850th anniversary of Moscow in Luzhniki. Since 2002, she has been a professor at the Department of Folk Dance at the Moscow State University of Culture and Arts.