Victor Gsovsky

Victor Gsovsky (Russian Виктор Иванович Гзовский, Viktor Ivanovich Gsowski ); ( Born January 12, 1902 in Saint Petersburg, † March 14, 1974 in Hamburg) was a Russian ballet dancer, choreographer, ballet master and dancing teacher.


Gsovsky studied with Evgenia ( Eugenia ) Sokolova and debuted at the age of 18 years. In 1924 he married the dancer Tatjana Issatschenko. In the same year or a year later, he emigrated to Germany and went with his wife to Berlin, where he was from 1925 to 1928 ballet master at the Staatsoper. He also starred as a dancer on the stage and choreographed opera - ballets. Opened in 1928 Gsovsky and his wife, a ballet school in Berlin.

From 1930 to 1933 he worked for UFA as a choreographer of films. In 1937 he went to London for the Markova - Dolin Ballet. From 1938 he taught in Paris; were among his students this time Colette Marchand, Irène and Violette Verdy Skorik. In 1945, he staged at the Paris Opera the second act of Swan Lake. From 1946 to 1947 he directed the Ballets des Champs Elysées, for which he directed, among others, La Sylphide. After a short visit in 1947 to the London Metropolitan Ballet, where he choreographed dances from Galánta and Pygmalion, he was ballet master in 1948 at the Ballets des Champs Elysées.

In 1950 he went as a ballet - chief for the Bavarian State Opera. He remained there until his return to Paris in 1952. For the Summer Academy of Dance, he returned 1957-1961 to Germany, and initially to Krefeld, later to Cologne.

His next station as a ballet master he had from 1964 to 1967 at the Deutsche Oper am Rhein. He ended his career from 1967 to 1973 as a ballet master at the Hamburg State Opera.