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  1. Sebastian

    The Lilac Fairy

    There is an extended compare-and-contrast piece here (if the abstract appeals most libraries should be able to get a copy of the original journal article): https://www.euppublishing.com/doi/abs/10.3366/drs.2017.0181
  2. Sebastian

    The Lilac Fairy

    There are some contemporary recollections here:
  3. Sebastian

    The Lilac Fairy

    The greatest Lilac Fairy I have seen a recording of is Dame Beryl Grey. Dame Beryl - still going strong at 90 years old (and with a book out for those who want to learn more) - made her debut as Odette / Odile on her 15th birthday, so perhaps she was even younger when she debuted Lilac Fairy. For those who can find the recording, Beryl Grey was just extraordinary. Total control, legs like steel, yet with such grace, musicality and, above all, real expression and meaning.
  4. Sebastian

    Two Lilac Fairy Questions

    I know it has been, ahem, fourteen years but does anyone know what happened to this article (the link doesn't work nor does a Google search)? It probably got modified and is now elsewhere: any information welcome!
  5. Westminster Reference Library, just off Leicester Square in London, has long been a happy secret for those interested in researching the performing arts. Their holdings, covering many aspects of performance including dance and ballet, are impressive, comprising a collection of some 15,000 books, a third of which are available to borrow if one joins the Library (which is free).The collection includes Anna Pavlova's personal library of books, which has recently been taken out of storage. Some are only available for consultation in the reference section; but many others were added to the Lending Library. More about the Library here:https://www.westminster.gov.uk/library-opening-hours-and-contact-details#westminster-reference-libraryhttps://trib.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/wcc/?rm=PERFORMING+ARTS0|||1|||0|||true&dt=listTo search the catalogue online:https://trib.ent.sirsidynix.net.uk/client/en_GB/wcc/
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    New Petipa website

    Amy, congratulations! I have sent you a PM with some more.