No article on the death of Kchessinska
Posted 20 April 2005 - 08:15 PM
I went digging for an article on the death of Mathilde Kschessinska in 1971 (at the age of 99) but found nothing! She was the last Imperial Prima and the teacher of many great dancers and yet, no article on her life! What Gives?
She is my favorite historical figure when it comes to the Imperial ballet, and I was very angry that Dance Mag, of all publications, did not even mention anything about her in ANY issue of that year.
I was very angry when I found nothing about the woman in any issue from that year. So what gives? Anyone notice this as well?
Anyone know any good links to any info on this great woman? Or other primas from the Imperial Ballet?
Posted 20 April 2005 - 10:40 PM
Posted 21 April 2005 - 02:53 AM
Dance Magazine. January 1972.
Dance News. January 1972.
The Dancing Times also had an obituary in January 1972. Different sources seem to give her date of death as either December 6, 7 or 8 of 1971, I don't know which one is right.
Posted 22 April 2005 - 03:20 PM
She always fascinated me - because she was a very tough customer, I think.
Some years ago I did a radio lecture on her on the Swedish State radio. Then, some other lectures on women were assembled and issued in a book which was called "Strong women"!!! My lecture was there and I think she was in good company: Jezebel - Rosa Luxemburg, Madame Tussaud, Florence Nightingale et al.
There must have been some very scary moments in her life - and some very glorious ones, too. However, she was a survivor - I think you are born like that.
Maybe she was not always such a nice person, but we should not judge her because we were not in her circumstances.
However, I usually start feeling rather benign towards the characters I write about
and I would have liked to have met her, alas, I never danced in Paris. But through my research and visits to St. Petersburg, I almost feel I know her and the Imperial epoch at the Maryinsky Theater.
I suppose you have read her biography - rather shallow stuff I think, but it gives a good view of the epoch.
Posted 22 April 2005 - 09:21 PM
As for the article in the January 1972 mag (Mme. Hermine), of all the magazines I dont have in my collection I dont have this one! Feb. and June of '72 are gone as well. But at least they said something about her.
I bet Madame Kchessinska stayed healthy, no doubt from dancing, ate natural food (due to the time she lived in - No McDonalds then!) and since she was of wealthy parents Im sure she had good health care. And, no doubt, having a full happy life helped!
Hopefully, when its my time to say BYE BYE to the good ole earth, Madame K. will be among the people who have passed on I want to meet. Along with Josephine Baker, Balanchine, Petipa, Elvis, Marilyn, Billie Holiday, Fonteyn, and Nureyev.
Posted 22 April 2005 - 10:24 PM
Posted 23 April 2005 - 12:52 AM
But whats this tuition collecting thing? I must refer to her memoirs - I dont recall this.
Posted 23 April 2005 - 02:05 AM
Posted 23 April 2005 - 03:14 AM
Posted 23 April 2005 - 03:18 PM
My copy of Little. K's book I paid 10 GBP for - about 15 years ago.
While on the subject of ballet books, I think this (Sweden) is a great country for finding old ballet books at hardly any cost. People havent a clue and they are all dumped in the odd bin. The other day I found a good copy of "Letters on dancing and ballets" by Noverre for US$ 4!!!
So folks, if you want ballet books, come to Sweden!
I have some books that I actually want to sell and I know they cost an enormous amount of money in the US. The shipping also costs an enormous amount, so one needs to know someone traveling.
Posted 23 April 2005 - 09:26 PM
Yes - One day I want to travel to Europe. I would even love to live there. I lived in Germany with my parents when I was little, but I was 3 when we left.
But yes, I must hunt down the book by Benois.
Posted 24 April 2005 - 04:00 AM
Posted 24 April 2005 - 04:54 AM
Posted 24 April 2005 - 05:23 AM
The Benois book was reprinted in the 70s as a trade paperback by Da Capo Press, but it's currently out of print. There are some used copies available through Alibris and Abebooks, but it's also worth keeping an eye out at used book stores.
But yes, I must hunt down the book by Benois.
Both of those sites also list copies of Benois's memoirs, which I don't believe I've read. Has anyone? How does it differ from Reminiscences of the Russian Ballet?
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