Simon A Morrison

Ongoing Projects


Choreographer Donald Byrd with Spectrum Dance Theater continue their exploration of this dance adaptation of Tchaikovsky’s opera IOLANTA, leading up to the anticipated large-scale WORLD PREMIERE in the SPRING OF 2019. This work brings Spectrum Dance Theater Company and the students of their School together in a haunting fairy tale about a blind princess who does not know she is blind. Living in a beautiful, isolated, and secluded garden, surrounded by faithful servants and removed from society, she is shielded from anything that might cause her to discover her blindness.   Spectrum Dance Theater

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Morrison's latest book is a comprehensive, archival history OF THE BOLSHOI BALLET PUBLISHED BY LIVERIGHT, the prestigious and storied imprint of W.W. Norton. Future books include studies of Shostakovich and Tchaikovsky, again based on new archival sources. Bolshoi Confidential is a “Booklist Editors’ Choice” for 2016.


Author of...

Several books and articles including Russian Opera and the Symbolist Movement (California, 2002) and The People’s Artist: Prokofiev’s Soviet Years (Oxford, 2009) as well as editor of Prokofiev and His World (Princeton, 2008) and, with Klara Moricz, Funeral Games: In Honor of Arthur Vincent Lourié (Oxford, 2014). 

Shortlisted for the 2017 Pushkin Prize.  Learn more.


Adviser to...

Conductors, choreographers, performers, and publishers of scores and scenarios for dances once lost to both historians and artists alike. Both Music for Athletes, by Serge Prokofiev and the original ending to Prokofiev's famed Romeo and Juliet were brought to life thanks to Simon's careful archival research, and collaboration with institutions such as Princeton University and Mark Morris Dance Group.


Morrison writes for a wide public, including readers of The New York Times, New York Review of Books, Threepenny Review, London Review of Books, and Times Literary Supplement. He serveD as president of the Prokofiev Foundation, and edited the journal Three Oranges, produced under its auspices.

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Simon & His Work In The News



Bolshoi Confidential- Featured Story with Princeton University News

Behind the curtain: Scandal, tragedy, art and politics at the Bolshoi
Posted November 28, 2016; 12:00 p.m.
By Jamie Saxon, Office of Communications

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shortlisted for the Pushkin Prize 2017.  

Click here to learn more about the award.