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publicity photos and captions 1939 - 44Semyonva and Toumanova


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#1 rg

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 10:01 AM

these three publicity photos, submitted to US newspapers date over a 5-year period, mid-20th century from 1939 to 1944.
Marina Semyonova's is datelined Moscow, and documents a dancer not seen in the US.
Tamara Toumanova's photos note her presence in the States, on stage and screen.

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 12:51 PM

The captions are so interesting..."She can stand on her toes on one foot for nearly 60 seconds.." on Toumanova's balance, and how about the "Stalin Price laurate" on Semyonova..? I wonder how people would take that info back then...

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Posted 11 October 2012 - 04:39 PM

That photo of Toumanova in mid air is a real surprise. Not that Toumanova could jump, but that a press photographer in the 30s could capture the sense of controlled abandon that jumps like this evoke. I don't think you find this very often in the staged Ballets Russes publicity photos of the period. Thanks, rg. Posted Image


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