Many films and television programmes have been made about Yury Grigorovich, the choreographer, and his era, the name of which is linked to the concept of the Golden Age of the Bolshoi Theatre. Books and albums have also been published on his work. However, the ballet master himself is delighted to admit that there have never been any exhibitions like this before. It is well known that choreography as a profession gradually replaced Yury Grigorovich’s first profession – acting. But looking at Leonid Zhdanov’s photographs it has to be admitted that this is a very controversial statement. It would seem that he himself, the ballet master Yury Grigorovich, was not only the first, but also the best performer of the most varied parts in his ballets.