Columbia University in the City of New York

Harriman Institute




The Dancers: A Photo Exhibition by Nina Alovert

Nina Alovert, a native of Leningrad, received her master’s degree in history from Leningrad State University. She worked as a curator at the Comedy Theatre Museum, and photographer for the Komissarzhevskaya and Lensoviet Theatres. She began following the Kirov Ballet (now the Mariinsky) with her camera in the early 1950s. Alovert’s photographs were featured in books on ballet published by Iskusstvo Publishing, as well as numerous magazines and newspapers in the USSR.

Alovert immigrated to the United States in 1977. She is a freelance photographer and writer for Dance Magazine and Ballet Review. Her work has appeared in Russian newspapers published in the U.S. (Novoe Russkoe Slovo, Novy Amerikanets) and in periodicals and books in Russia and throughout the world. Alovert has had solo exhibitions of her work in New York, London, St. Petersburg and elsewhere.

She is the author of Baryshnikov in Russia (Holt, Rinehart & Winston, 1984), Vladimir Malakhov (Moscow, 2003), Petersburg Mirrors (Moscow, 2003), Mikhail Baryshnikov (Moscow, 2004), Yulia Makhalina (Moscow 2009), Boris Eifman. Yesterday, Today… (SPB, 2012), and editor of the book on Nikolai Tsiskaridze «Полета вольное упорство» (Moscow, 2010).

“The Dancers” is a retrospective of photographs from both the Russian and American periods curated by Natalia Sharymova.

Photo: Vera Arbuzova, “Red Giselle”