Elizabeth Kiem
novelist, The Bolshoi Saga, ballet writer, Balanchine’s Twenties

Elizabeth Kiem is a novelist and former dancer with a degree in Russian studies from Columbia University in New York. She lived in Moscow in the 1990s, working as a journalist, teacher and, most exotically, as a receptionist for a budding law firm run by former KGB officers. Her trilogy, The Bolshoi Saga, explores the transformation of Soviet society through the Cold War as experienced by three generations of ballerinas. She is also editorial consultant and designer of Balanchine’s Twenties, a series of spectators guides to the contemporary dance reconstructions by Millicent Hodson and Kenneth Archer. The series details the Hodson-Archer methodology and research behind such reconstructions as The Rite of Spring and other Ballets Russes productions.


Sunday 3 November, 17:30 Frobisher 1-3
Rite of Spring: a revolutionary riot