Interview with Kseniya Ryabinkina

The Zubovsky Project
,
Jessica Bachman , Interviewer |

0:00 - Introduction/family history

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Keywords: Ballet; Bolshoi Theater; Evgeniy Stychkin; Family; grandchildren; Moscow; Russia; Science; Yevgeni Stychkin

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4:13 - Ballet runs in the family/starting out at the Bolshoi Ballet Academy

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Keywords: Ballet; Bolshoi Ballet Academy; Bolshoi Theater; dance; Russia; sister; USSR; Yelena Ryabinkina

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6:52 - Auditioning for the Bolshoi Ballet Academy in the USSR

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Keywords: Auditions; body shape; Bolshoi Ballet; Bolshoi Theater; flexibility; jumping; long legs; Moscow; muscles; neckline; physical characteristics; Russia; spine; tryouts

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10:07 - Developing a career in ballet/favorite roles

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Keywords: ballet; Bolero; Bolshoi Ballet; career advancement; Cipollino; dance; Don Quixote; en pointe; Fountain of Bakhchisarai; Giselle; Moscow; point numbers; pressure; Russia; solo roles; Swan Lake; Tale of the Tsar Sultan; the Hussard; tours abroad; travels

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14:46 - Developing a side career in film/invited to star in a Raj Kapoor film

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Keywords: Bollywood; Circus; film; Indian cinema; Melody of Dvorak; Mera Naam Joker; movies; My Name is Clown; Raj Kapoor; RK Films; side work; Tale of the Tsar Sultan

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18:33 - Taking leave of absence from the Bolshoi to star in Bollywood film "Mera Naam Joker"

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Keywords: animals; Bollywood; Bolshoi Ballet; Bombay; Circus scenes; Delhi; India; Mera Naam Joker; Mumbai; Raj Kapoor; RK Film Studio; Soviet circus; Soviet circus performers

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20:52 - Self-conscious about not knowing English/learning to speak English

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Keywords: circus; education; English; English training; foreign languages; French; Hindi; interpreters; Moscow; Russia; USSR

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22:41 - Trying to stay in ballet shape in India/foregoes sightseeing

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Keywords: ballet; ballet form; barre work; exercise; fitness regimen; India; Mumbai; sightseeing; spirituality; stretching; travel

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24:43 - Raj Kapoor's mentorship

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Keywords: acting; Bollywood; career aspirations; cinema; dramatic scenes; filming; mentorship; pedagogy; Raj Kapoor; teacher

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26:03 - Memorizing lines in Hindi/cameo appearance in Rishi Kapoor's "Chintuji" (2009)

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Keywords: Chintuji; dialogue; Hindi; Hindi lines; interpreter; lines; memorization; Mera Naam Joker; Raj Kapoor; remakes; Rishi Kapoor; Rostislav Rybakov; Russian; script; scripts

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30:55 - Raj Kapoor's fame in the Soviet Union/returning to the Bolshoi after filming in India

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Keywords: Awara; Ballet; Bollywood; Bolshoi Ballet; dance; film career; Indian Cinema; Raj Kapoor; The Vagabond; USSR

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33:45 - Restarts film career after 1986 in Kiev's Dovzhenko Film Studios/breakup of the Soviet Union

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Keywords: 1991; acting; break-up; Dovzhenko Film Studios; film; Kiev; movies; second career; Soviet cinema; USSR

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35:30 - Starts working at Kremlin Ballet Theatre/ recites lines in Hindi from Mera Naam Joker

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Keywords: acting; Ballet; Chintuji; Hindi; India; Indian cinema; Kremlin; Kremlin Ballet Theatre; Mera Naam Joker; Moscow; Russian cinema

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