New book on Karsavina
Posted 18 June 2010 - 12:01 PM
The following is from the publisher's blurb on amazon.co.uk:
Featuring over 200 stunning photographs from museums and private collections around the world, Tamara Karsavina: Diaghilev's Ballerina traces the life and career of one of the 20th century's greatest dance artists. This deeply-researched book details her rise through the ranks of St Petersburg's legendary Imperial Ballet where, alongside Pavlova and Nijinsky, she excelled in the classics and emerged as the supreme interpreter of Fokine's new choreography. Her spectacular debut in the West, as a star of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, put her at the forefront of all his historic seasons and confirmed her place among the greatest dancers in ballet history. Karsavina's major performances up to 1918, in each year of the Maryinsky and Diaghilev seasons, are clearly outlined and illustrated with exquisite photographs, many never before seen outside Russia. Individual chapters highlight her seminal role in the creation of such masterpieces as The Firebird, Le Spectre de le Rose and Carnaval.
A legendary beauty in her day, and the subject of widespread adulation, Karsavina's formal portraits are simply breathtaking. Numerous candid photographs of her personal life also offer us a fascinating glimpse into the fashions and lifestyles in the great capitals of Europe one hundred years ago.
With its comprehensive scope and meticulous research, Tamara Karsavina: Diaghilev's Ballerina is a long-overdue and indispensable resource for ballet historians and dance lovers everywhere.
ANDREW FOSTER has been researching Tamara Karsavina's life and career for over 30 years and owns the world's largest private collection of Karsavina's photographs and images. He is a respected dance historian and is acknowledged by theatre museums worldwide as the leading expert regarding the life and career of Tamara Karsavina.
Looks to me like the cat's pyjamas.
Posted 18 June 2010 - 07:01 PM
he has an amazingly rich collection of images of TPK (as we call T.P.Karsavina in some correspondence) and knows her 'story' extremely well. he has noted variously miscaptioned pictures over the time i've known him.
i expect this book to be a fine piece of work.
Posted 18 June 2010 - 08:52 PM
Posted 19 June 2010 - 03:51 PM
And for any of you who have missed Theatre Street, It is Mme Karsavina's autobiography, ( and one of my all time favorites. )
Posted 31 August 2010 - 08:40 AM
I just received a copy of Theatre Street from Amazon Marketplace and am already riveted by it.
Posted 09 September 2010 - 04:44 AM
Llike Bonnette, I've signed up on Amazon for notification.
(All I had to do is click the box above. All purchases made via this Amazon link help keep Ballet Talk on the net. )
Posted 10 September 2010 - 06:55 AM
in relation to all this, i attach a scan from the web of a Bros. Legat caricature of Tamara Platonovna Karsavina, which to the best of my knowledge is not in the show.
Posted 11 September 2010 - 01:23 AM
The exhibit will be shown in the London Jewish Cultural Center -- which just happens to be IVY HOUSE: Pavlova's lovely residence. Here is the website, and some quoted information:
London Jewish Cultural Centre
Russian dancer Tamara Karsavina, for many years a Hampstead resident, was a leading star of Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company, famously created the role in Stravinsky’s Firebird and was frequently partnered by the great Vaslav Nijinsky. This photographic exhibition, at the former home of her contemporary and rival Anna Pavlova, tells the story of her career at the Russian Imperial Ballet, her solo tours, and her pioneering work with the Ballets Russes.
SUN 15SEP TO FRI 10OCT
14 Sep: 10am–8pm
15 Sep: 10am–4pm
16 Sep: 10am–4pm
22 Sep: 10am–6pm
27 Sep: 10am–6pm
28 Sep: 10am–6pm
29 Sep: 10am–6pm
5 Oct: 10am–8pm
6 Oct: 10am–4pm
7 Oct: 10am–8pm
For more information, visit the LJCC web site.
Posted 27 September 2010 - 03:31 PM
Posted 27 September 2010 - 04:23 PM
I don't understand what's going on with Amazon - first they offered a notification list, and now I see that the book is listed as "Out of print - limited availability."
Posted 04 October 2010 - 12:50 PM
The Nijinska/Balanchine R&J, in particular, is screaming for more research; the one little photo of TPK with Lifar, in Lifar's recollections, is surely not the only existing photo of the ballerina as Juliet?
Thanks 1,000-fold to Andrew Foster and his associates for this gorgeous tome, a 'must have' for every scholar or admirer of the fine art of ballet.
Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:33 PM
Posted 04 October 2010 - 06:54 PM
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