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It's an uphill battle trying to promote contemporary dance in a country that prides itself on keeping its trademark ballets intact for a century.Throughout her career on both sides of the Atlantic, Vishneva, a principal dancer at the Mariinsky Theater in St. Petersburg, did not just bask in the accolades for her performances of Russian ballet classics like Swan Lake or The Sleeping Beauty but also ventured into contemporary dance projects with seemingly little commercial appeal.Her own efforts, originally with another Russian, Alexei Ratmansky, led her to collaborate with the best and brightest of contemporary dance including the venerated American choreographer John Neimeier, who created several productions just for Vishneva.Vishneva said she is "concerned and sad" about the case against Serebrennikov but waits to hear about further developments.
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