Timofei Stukolkin

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Timofei Stukolkin as Marceline in La fille mal gardée

Timofei Alekseyevich Stukolkin (Russian: Тимофей Алексеевич Стуколкин; 6 May [O.S. 24 April] 1829, the village Kozmino of Simbirsk province - 30 September [O.S. 18 September] 1894 1894, Saint Petersburg) was a famous Russian ballet dancer.

Oxford Dictionary of Dance called him one of the greatest character dancers.[1][2]

Timofei Stukolkin came from a very poor family. In 7 years he played in a pantomime on a fairground.[3] Someone once drew attention to the talented boy and brought him into the theatre school at the Imperial theaters of Petersburg. In 1836 Timofei Stukolkin was accepted at the ballet department of Imperial theatre college.[3] His teachers were French dancers working in Russia: Emile Gredlu (ru: Эмиль Гредлю), Pierre Frédéric Malavergne, Charles La Chuque (ru: Шарль Лашук)[4] and Jean-Antoine Petipa.

He graduated in 1848 and was accepted by the Imperial troupe of St. Petersburg.[3][4][5] He showed the talent of the psychological and grotesque roles.

In addition to the ballet performances he often appeared in dramatic roles - comedies and farces. He always enjoyed great success.[5][6][7] He wrote for himself short humorous monologues and often played them in concerts,[5] simultaneously with dancing. Timofei Stukolkin was one of the most beloved actors of Saint-Petersburg.

Since 1854, continuing artistic activities at the St Petersburg Imperial troupe, he began to teach the dances in different schools.

Among his ballet roles:

Timofei Stukolkin began to write memoirs at the end of life. He wrote about the theater life, about the student's, about a very hard life of children in the theater school. These memoirs were published shortly in 1895 after his death.[4][5]

Timofei Stukolkin died suddenly of a heart attack after the second act of the ballet Coppélia.[8] Dancers quickly finished third act without him.

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