Gelsey Kirkland, in Balanchine's FIREBIRD, 1970uncredited publicity photo
Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:09 AM
Posted 28 January 2013 - 11:31 AM
to add to some confusion over time, Karsavina danced what was called a 'bird of fire (or light)' in the 1909 divertissement called "L'oiseau de feu" for LE FESTIN, but as we know this was to Tchaikovsky and was in fact his Blue Bird duet from THE SLEEPING BEAUTY.
attached scans show Karsavina in the FESTIN 'l'oiseau' and as Stravinsky's 'bird' (with arms outstretched). (both of these snapped from Andrew Foster's excellent book, TAMARA KARSAVINA, DIAGHILEV'S BALLERINA)
the Bakst sketches both show versions of the Stravinsky ballet.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:07 PM
a snap of Chagall's sketch for his Firebird costume and a color photo promoting Capehart television in 1950? - the date on my copy of this loose leaf from a magazine, perhaps LIFE, has the year written in pencil, which may be accurate or may be a guess - documenting, by way of what was then called an "action photo," a moment from a performance of Ballet Theatre's 1945 staging of THE FIREBIRD by Adolf Bolm, with Alicia Markova identified and perhaps with Anton Dolin (unidentified), probably in the Danse Infernale.
p.s. in answer to the query above about a photo of Kirkland as the Nightingale in John Taras's SONG OF THE NIGHTINGALE, no, i don't have any, but i fairly recall this Ter-Arutunian-designed costume with its basic unitard-light base arranged with various lengths and curlicues of semi-transparent tubing, meant, it would seem, to indicate spare plummage.
Posted 28 January 2013 - 01:20 PM
You're right, lmspear, I remember d'Amboise saying something to that effect.
Thanks for the confirmation, dirac!
Posted 05 March 2013 - 11:27 AM
To confuse matters even more, the first Karsavina photo above, although technically "L'oiseau de feu", is not Firebird. It is the Bluebird pas de deux photographed in the mid 1920s - Karsavina always loved the original 1909 Bakst costume.
Posted 02 August 2013 - 05:36 AM
another NYCB publicity photo from the 1970 revision of Balanchine's FIREBIRD, showing Kirkland w/ d'Amboise, who seems to be the reason this newsphoto archive filed this print.
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