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December 15 2012

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October 07 2012

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August 28 2012

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… Shot in 1925, the film registers the physical distance between Pavlova and contemporary ballerinas – she doesn’t stretch her feet or turn out her legs to the degree that is expected today. If you compare her with Uliana Lopatkina dancing the same solo now, it’s fascinating to see how much more dramatic, even melodramatic, Pavlova’s phrasing looks; how broken and crumpled the lines of her body as the Swan falters; how frantic the fluttering speed of her arms. Alongside the immaculately composed Lopatkina she looks almost like a silent screen heroine.

Yet Pavlova also looks peculiarly modern. She was mocked at school for the extreme slenderness of her limbs, and for her pale face and dark eyes – the antithesis of the tough, plumply pretty ballerinas who ruled the Mariinsky in the early 20th century. Yet by the 1930s, Pavlova’s rarified physique had set the template for ballerina beauty. …

(via MoveTube: Anna Pavlova, forever the Dying Swan | Stage | guardian.co.uk)

April 22 2012

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Valentina Blinova in L’Oiseau de feu (The Firebird), Ballets Russes, Sydney, 1936-1937 / photographed by Max Dupain

(via Vintage Ballet: Rare Photos of Dancers from the 1930s-1950s | Brain Pickings)

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April 05 2012

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