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[muh-kahr-uh-vuh; Russ. muh-kah-ruh-vuh]
Makarova, Natalia, 1940-, Russian ballet dancer, b. Leningrad (now St. Petersburg). She studied at the Choreographic School in her native city, graduating in 1959, and joined the Kirov Ballet. During her career there (1959-70) she won acclaim for her superb technique and her ability to capture character in such classical ballets as Giselle (probably her most famous role), Swan Lake, and Sleeping Beauty. In London (1970) on one of Kirov's European tours, Makarova, citing a need for artistic freedom, announced her intention to stay in the West. Later that year she joined the American Ballet Theatre, where she danced both classical and contemporary works, and in 1974 first staged La Bayadère. During the 1970s and 80s, she also performed as a guest artist with several European companies. In 1980 she founded her own group, with whom, for a season, she presented a variety of works. Makarova made her Broadway debut in 1983 in the musical On Your Toes, for which she won a Tony Award. In 1989 she returned briefly to Russia, where she danced with the Kirov. She retired from dancing later that year and has since performed several times as an actress.

See her A Dance Autobiography (1979).

Nina Vladimirovna Makarova (Нина Владимировна Макарова; 12 August, 1908 in Jurino15 January 1976 in Moscow) was the wife of composer Aram Khachaturian and a composer in her own right who had great interest in Russian and Mari folksongs. She co-composed several pieces with her husband, including the Music to M. Aliger's Play "A Tale of Truth" (1947) and Music to Yu. Chepurin's Play "Spring Stream" (1953). She studied under Nikolai Myaskovsky, like her husband. She conducted her Symphony in Moscow on June 12, 1947. She had a son, Karen, who is currently known as an art critic. Her nickname was "Gayane" (Гаянэ)


  • Two Melodies for oboe and piano
  • Piano Sonatina (1933)
  • Violin Sonata (1934)
  • Two Melodies for violin and piano
  • Symphony in D minor (1938)

Revised in 1962. CD Russian Disc RDCD 11382: USSR SO, O. Koch (cond)

  • Six Etudes for piano (1938)
  • "Cantata for Molotov" for soloists, chorus and orchestra (1940)
  • Song Cycle after Pushkin
  • Song Cycle after Rustaveli
  • Children Song dedicated to Stalin
  • Music to the Play "A Tale of Truth" after M. Aliger

Composed jointly with Aram Khachaturian. First Performance: 1947, Moscow, Central Theater of the Red Army. Producer: A. Okunchikov. Designer: N. Shifrin.

  • Music to the Film "The Change of Luck"
  • Music to the Film "In the Country of the Dolls"
  • Song cycle "In the Days of War"
  • "Courage", opera in one act (1948)


  • Music to the Play "Spring Stream" after Yu. Chepurin

Composed jointly with Aram Khachaturian. First Performance: 18 November 1953, Moscow, Central Theater of the Soviet Army. Directors: A. Popov and A. Okunchikov. Designer: Yu. Pimenov.

  • "Zoja", opera (1963)
  • Fresco "Nefertiti's Procession" for harp

Dedicated to Vera Dulova.

  • Waltz for harp

Written for Vera Dulova.

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