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was a ballet composed in the Byelorussian SSR
The Byelorussian Soviet Socialist Republic was one of fifteen constituent republics of the Soviet Union. It was one of the four original founding members of the Soviet Union in 1922, together with the Ukrainian SSR, the Transcaucasian SFSR and the Russian Soviet Federative Socialist Republic...
Belarus , officially the Republic of Belarus, is a landlocked country in Eastern Europe, bordered clockwise by Russia to the northeast, Ukraine to the south, Poland to the west, and Lithuania and Latvia to the northwest. Its capital is Minsk; other major cities include Brest, Grodno , Gomel ,...
). Created in 1940, it was the first Belarusian ballet to be formed at the National Academic Bolshoi Ballet Theatre. Originally from a book written by Źmitrok Biadula
Shmuel Yefimovich Plavnik , better known by the pen name Źmitrok Biadula, , was a famous Jewish Belarusian poet, prose writer, cultural worker, and political activist in the Belarusian independence movement.Źmitrok Biadula was born Shmuel Yefimovich Plavnik on April 23, 1886 in the...
, the ballet was choreographed by Aleksey Yermolayev
Aleksey Nikolayevich Yermolayev was a Soviet baller dancer, choreographer, and teacher. He played an important role in the development of Russian ballet between 1920 and 1950, and he was considered an outstanding actor....
and set to music by M. Kroshner.