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LYDIA LOPOKOVA

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scan of two photos of Lydia Lopokova presumably taken in NYC on the occasion of a 1916 tour of the States by Diaghilev's Ballets Russes.

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Lovely! Thank you.

She's another dancer on my long list of performances to catch in Heaven. :)

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Of all the dancers who worked with Big Serge, she is the one I would love to meet and talk with.... "Have some more tea Lydia!!!, and I brought some flowers for you."

R.G. you have won your place in the aforementioned Heaven (though I persist in awaiting my time machine.)

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Andrew Foster, ever atop background to photos of this era by way of his abiding interest in the career of Tamara Karsaina, has replied regarding the two pix of LL above with info corroborating the 1916 date as his files include related shots from this same time and most likely taken on the occasion of the '16 US tour by the Ballets Russes.

other replies have wondered if the first posted pix were taken during LL's appearances in the US, eventually on the Broadway stage, but those dates are around '12 and these seem to be more certainly from '16 when she rejoined Diaghilev's troupe.

here are scans of three examples Andrew sent me; the one of Nijinsky is unfamiliar to me and the one of Spesivtseva positively giddy.

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Giddy is indeed the word -- that's an amazing shot. They are all stunning, though -- thanks so much for the view into that time!

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a postscript to the dating, etc. of the Lopokova photos comes from her biographer, Judith Mackrell, who notes in an email that LL was "acting right up until the moment she re-joined the Ballets Russes . She was unable to perform in their opening gala 17 Jan 1916 because she was giving her final performance as an actress, with the Washington Players."

additionally Mackrell writes that Spessivtseva joined up with the Ballets Russes troupe in the U.S. during the fall of '16, thus dating these photos as likely later inr '16.

p.p.s. A. Foster has further provided a scan of another photo from this 'series,' which he says was "almost certainly backstage at the Manhattan Opera House" adding that the picture was most likely "taken during the second Diaghilev tour of 1916," which is when Spessivtseva became part of the group.

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