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Historical Pictures

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Each month I'd like to offer interested ballet alert readers a look at some historical photos, mostly, but not exclusively, in the form of theatrical post cards.

I trust the set up on PictureTrail.com, the site where I've subscribed to some space for scanned pictures of this sort, is clear and useful to anyone looking at these pictures.

I've made some effort to identify the pictures in question, though, as you'll see I have sometimes comes up empty handed. I'd appreciate any new information that might fill in some of the blanks or suggest corrections to the captions as they now stand.

You may click on the individual thumb-nail photos themselves to enlarge them, and see fuller captions, or you may choose to let the site do what it calls a 'slide show' and flash the selection by at a rate of its own.

For now, here's the album for March.

http://www.picturetrail.com/gallery/view?p...704&uid=1471587

RG

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Thank you, RG! I'm going to leave this here for a day or two and then make it a sticky. Thank you for sharing the photos, and your knowledge. It will be like getting to take a flash card course in ballet history!

Ballet Alertniks, do discuss the photos here!

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What a treat. I love Karsavina and am always glad to see images of her, but it was the picture of Koslov as Bluebird that just stunned me. On first look the wings seemed too much, but then I thought about the series of cabrioles, and how the extensions on his arms would affect the line of his upper body as he travelled -- amazing!

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Don't tell me he partnered Princess Florina wearing those....

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Alright! My two favorites from that era. Mikhail Mordkin and Mathilda Kshessinskaya. Thanks RG. More Please!

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i have a few other bluebirds from this period. i THINK the point of the wings is to establish the bluebird in the cortege of characters at the start of act 3, i SUSPECT that for the pas deux these wings might well have been removed. the original costume, about which bronislava nijinska writes somewhat, was a wire-framed affair much stiffer than these - there are photos of fokine in such wire-framed additions.

kozlov (kosloff) ended up here in the states as a dancer and teacher. he was a moscow schooled dancer (marred to alexandra baldina) but he also danced at the maryinsky.

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Thank you so much. That picture of Varmilov slays me. :clapping:

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i confess to this card's being a fave of mine as well, when you think this is a good hundred (or so) years before HAIRSPARY - move over harvey fierstein.

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I loved the photo of Ludmilla Shollar---I remember her as a teacher in New York (with her husband, Vilzak). She is so beautiful in the photo---when I knew her she was plump and matronly.

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Oh to be able to look like a women, and be a dancer (one must feel sorry for their partners though).

The bluebird card is truly remarkable.

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To the Pointe-

My thoughts exactly!! What's also interesting is that none of those dancers would get hired today. Choreography has evolved and I am guessing that at that time, overhead lifts were rare. However, everything has a give-and-take, and I am wondering sometimes if we are sacrificing artistry for jaw-dropping tricks.

Just a thought...

Clara :)

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They look very thin to me. I don't see why there would be any trouble partnering them except for maybe all those layers of clothing. Another thing to think about in terms of their technical skill is that those ballets still challenge principal dancers at the very best companies around the world today. So while they might not be hired for reasons of style, their technique was undoubtedly excellent.

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The Kchessinskaya Mazurka and Karsavina Chopiniana are both so tasty! I can almost hear Kchessinskaya's foot stamps. Karsavina, on the other hand, looks so very weightless. And notice Karsavina's hands -- exquisite!

Thank you very much, RG! :)

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