What do great artists leave to future generations? Often very little: letters, quotations, photo-graphs, films or videos which, willy nilly, are unable to convey the feelings of contemporaries, their rapturous admiration and sometimes idolization of their heroes. As the years go by, the artist’s image becomes increasingly eroded by time, while legends, rumors and fabrication gradually impinge on the true portrait, sometimes investing it with colors that are totally unlike the original. Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova never bothered about reinforcing her position in the history of culture. Her rare interviews, few letters, aloofness from quarrels, squabbling, back-stage and everyday problems are the best confirmation of this. What the name of Ulanova means for art will become clear when the opinions of people from all walks of life are gathered together: writers, artists, people in the performing arts, scientists, and ordinary members of the public , who were ‘touched’ by the work of the great ballerina. And it is to preserve and hand down to future generations those spiritual and moral ideals which made up the core of her be-ing, that the Galina Ulanova Fund has been founded. The dancer, actress and teacher continues to live on in her pupils. The latter are an example of an ongoing link between the genera-tions. It is they, in the first instance, who bear the responsibility for the purity and truth of feel-ing of their profession, a symbol of which was, is and always will be Galina Sergeyevna ULANOVA.
President of The Galina ULANOVA Fund
THE GALINA ULANOVA FOUNDATION was set up in 1998 by the Bolshoi Theatre, the Union of Theatre People of Russia, The Pushkin Museum of the Fine Arts, Ekaterina Maximova, Vladimir Vasiliev, Boris Lvov-Anokhin, Elena Bruskova, Tatyana Kasatkina.
The main aim of the Foundation is to perpetuate the memory of Galina Sergeyevna Ulanova and to preserve her creative and spiritual legacy. The Foundation has several programmes and areas in which its work is structured. Since 2003, the Foundation has held gala concerts in honour of G. S. Ulanova; since 2004, it has been awarding annual Galina Ulanova scholar-ships to talented students and students in need at choreographic schools; in 2004, 2005 and 2010, the Foundation presented an award “For selfless service to the art of dance” in the form of a statuette of G. S. Ulanova in the role of Odette (sculptor E. Yanson-Manizer), the Foun-dation for a long time addressed and proposed to the leadership of Moscow and St. Peters-burg to create the World Center of Dance Art named after Galina Ulanova. For the 100th anniversary of Ulanova, the Foundation organized and held a tour of the Bolshoi ballet artists in Siberia with the gala concert “Mona Lisa of the Russian Ballet. Homage to Galina Ulano-va”. Together with the Mariinsky Theatre and the Bolshoi Theatre, the Foundation held a gala in honour of Ulanova at the Mariinsky Theatre (8 January 2010) and at the Bolshoi Theatre with the Mariinsky Theatre company (16 January 2010), as well as it organized an exhibition dedicated to Galina Ulanova at the Theatre Museum of St Petersburg and published a booklet entitled “Ulanova-100” with fragments of Ulanova’s diary. In 2020, to celebrate Galina Ula-nova’s 110th anniversary, the Foundation took part in the creation of Vladimir Vasiliev’s au-thor’s film “The Legend Stays to Live” about Ulanova, which was donated to the “Culture” TV channel. In the jubilee year 2020, the Foundation plans to hold other events, create print-ed materials about the life and work of G.S.Ulanova.
The Galina Ulanova Foundation invites all those who cherish the name and work of the great ballerina, who was to become a symbol not only of Russian ballet but of world culture over-all, its unique and true treasure, for cooperation.
Founders of the Galina ULANOVA Fund:
The Pushkin Museum of the Fine Arts
Theatre Union of Russian Federation
Boris Lvov-Anokhin ☩
Ekaterina Maximova ☩
Elena Bruskova ☩
Board of Trustees of the Galina Ulanova Fund:
Irina ANTONOVA, President of the Pushkin Museum of the Fine Arts
Mikhail BARYSHNIKOV, dancer
Maurice BEJAR ☩ – choreographer, artistic director of the ballet «Ballet Bejar-Lausanne»
John NEUMEIR, a choreographer, artistic director of the Hamburg Ballet
Valery GERGIEV – conductor, Artistic Director of the Mariinsky Theatre
Vladimir GUSEV – director of the Russian Museum
Susanna ZVYAGINA ☩ – chairman of the Bolshoi Veterans’ Council
Boris LYUBIMOV – historic of the theatre, theater critic, Candidate of Arts
Natalya MAKAROVA, ballet dancer
Ekaterina MAKSIMOVA ☩ , ballet dancer
Margarita ESKINA ☩ , Director of the Actor’s House
PRESIDENT OF GALINA ULANOVA FOUNDATION – People’s artist of the USSR Vladimir VASILIEV
VICE-PRESIDENT OF GALINA ULANOVA FOUNDATION – Tatiana KASATKINA
EXECUTIVE DIRECTOR OF GALINA ULANOVA FOUNDATION – Marina PANFILOVICH