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Cyril Laskari is a well-known name in the art world. A multifaceted creative personality, a man of great talent and aesthetic taste, a ballet dancer, an outstanding Soviet and Russian theatrical figure, director, playwright, writer - all this is about him. Let's get acquainted.
About childhood and family
Kirill Laskari was born on July 17, 1936 in Leningrad in a family of artists. His father, Alexander Semenovich Menaker, was a famous stage actor, Kirill's mother, Irina Vladimirovna Laskari, was a ballerina at the Tbilisi Opera and Ballet Theatre. Maternal grandmother Ida Liksperova was an actress and acted in films. His paternal brother is Andrei Mironov, an outstanding theater and film actor.
When the boy was three years old, his father left the family. Since 1952, upon reaching his 16th birthday, the guy began to bear his mother's surname. When it came time to decide on a profession, Kirill Laskari decided to follow in his mother's footsteps and entered the Leningrad Choreographic School, successfully graduating in 1957.
Laskari - ballet soloist
After graduating from college. A. Vaganova, a novice ballet dancer joined the troupe of the theater. Kirov. Here he worked for two years. In 1959, Kirill Laskari moved to the Maly Theater and already on its stage made a dizzying career. For two decades in a row, the ballet dancer was the leading soloist of this temple of Melpomene. He danced almost all the title roles in the performances that took place at the Maly Theater.
The artist was The Little Humpbacked Horse in The Little Humpbacked Horse, Rochefort in The Three Musketeers, Nomenclature Unit in The Directive Bow, Tenant in The Story of a Girl. Among his other roles: Barmaley in "Doctor Aibolit", Jester in "Seven Beauties", Conductor in "Ivushka", Petrushka in "Ballad of Love", Milkman in "Blue Danube", German in "On the Eve", Groom in "Petrushka"”, a brilliant performance of Venetian dance in “Swan Lake”.
Activities as director and choreographer
In parallel with the ballet, Cyril Laskari tried himself as a director. His work could be seen at the Maly Theatre. The most famous of them is the wonderful ballet "Old Man Hottabych". Laskari also staged performances at the Theater of Miniatures by A. Raikin.
Kirill Alexandrovich's directorial work could be seen on television as well. He was the director of a number of films-ballets: "The Tale of the Serf Nikishka" (the film debut of M. Baryshnikov took place here), as well as "Returns" (music by G. Firtich), acted as a choreographer in the television film "Marina".
He was invited as a choreographer by the Leningrad Theater of Musical Comedy. Here he worked in performances: “Don Juan in Seville”, “A film is being made” (music by A. Eshpay), “The Life of an Artist” (and even wrote a libretto for this production), “Mr. X”, “Caliph-Stork”, “Oh, Bayadera”, “Ball at the Savoy”, “Gypsy Premier”, “Dona Juanita”, “Mistakes of Youth”, Vienna Meetings”. Among his productions is the ballet "The Age of the Butterfly". He was also the choreographer of the ballet The Adventures of the Chess Soldier Peshkin.
Laskari Kirill Alexandrovich left a bright mark in the history of cinema. The talented choreographer was invited to the film sets, where he made dance performances for everyone's favorite films: in 1961 - "Amphibian Man", in 1971 - "Shadow", in 1974 - in the famous film "Straw Hat", in 1979 year - "Three in a boat, not counting the dog", a year later - "Only in the music hall", in 1982 - "Pokrovsky Gate".
C. Laskari was also among the founders of the now world-famous Leningrad ballet on ice.
Writer and Screenwriter
Cyril Laskari, whose biography is filled with creative searches, left his mark in the world of literature. He begins to write the libretto first, and then scripts and books. Peru Laskari owns such plays as "The Oath of the Marquis de Carabas", "The Corpse from the Hudson", "Mistakes of Youth", "I Don't Want to Be King", "Scrambled Eggplant". According to his script, the film "Bullshit" was filmed in 1989.
As a writer-prose writer Kirill Alexandrovich made his debut in 1983. His work "The Twenty-Third Pirouette" is embodied in cinematography. Based on the play, the film Myth was shot at the Lenfilm studio in 1986.
Fans of reading can get acquainted with the books of the writer. In 2000, his book "Ascene Syndrome" was published, in 2003 - "Improvisations on a Theme", in 2005 the volume "Mistakes of Youth" was published.
In 2002, the artist was awarded the honorary title of Honored Artist of Russia.
September 30, 2009, shortly before his death, Laskari was awarded the Order of Friendship, and October 19, 2009 he passed away. K. A. Laskari was buried at the Volkovsky cemetery in St. Petersburg.
Cyril Laskari was married twice. His first wife was Nina Urgant. The second time he married Irina Maguto (Irina Laskari), an actress of the puppet theater "At the Moscow Gates". She starred in the movie "Straw Hat" (played the role of Virginie) and in the episode of the movie "And it's all about him." Son - Kirill Laskari - was born on August 11, 1977 in Leningrad. By profession - a screenwriter, as well as a poet and writer. Kirill Alexandrovich Laskari was friends with his paternal brother, the great Andrei Mironov, and the no less brilliant artist Vladimir Vysotsky.
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