Tag Archives: Anna Pavlova

The dancer as brand ambassador, then and now

“So famous she has no time to eat”. Could the ballerina, Alicia Markova really have given her blessing to an

From Warsaw to Dunedin, the unfortunate life of Thadee Slavinsky

Lydia Sokolova and Thadee Slavinsky, Narcisse

Maybe it’s because he died in Dunedin, New Zealand – where I was born – or maybe it’s because he

Anna Pavlova springs to life once more in her only performance on film

Anna Pavlova in The Dumb Girl of Portici, 1916

Thanks to the Library of Congress, audiences can see clear footage of Anna Pavlova on film. Last year the library

Irina Kolesnikova’s endless flight with the swan

Irina Kolesnikova as Odile, Swan Lake, St Petersburg Ballet Theatre, photo © Konstantin Tachkin

Very few dancers remain at one company for 18 years. And that’s especially rare if they’ve been performing as a

Three Ladies Dancing

The Nutcracker, the Royal Ballet, 2009, photo © Johan Persson

Merry Christmas and a very Happy New Year to all Dancelines readers and friends. For me, the sound of Christmas

Laurel Martyn, once a dancer, always a dancer

Laurel Martyn as Odette in Swan Lake, 1944, photo © Ronald Esler

As a child in the 1920s, Laurel Martyn saw Anna Pavlova dance in Brisbane. Of course she found Pavlova’s performances

Pavlova’s Italian escape, captured by the camera of Gianni

Anna Pavlova at the  Castello di Vigoleno, 1925, © Studio fotografico Moreschi

Among the many full-page photographs in the new book, Anna Pavlova, Twentieth Century Ballerina, three in particular caught my eye.

Merry Christmas

Anna Pavlova, in costume for Christmas, Mitchell Library, State Library of New South Wales, call Number	P1 / 1321

This photo of Anna Pavlova, dressed for her divertissement, Christmas, was one of her favourites. She signed it and gave

The Australian Ballet’s 50th year celebrations come to a close with documentary, talks, exhibitions

Marilyn Rowe and Kelvin Coe in Swan Lake 1983. Photo courtesy of the Australian Ballet

From the words of the first artistic director – Peggy van Praagh – to the thoughts of the newest Odette/Odile

Phyllis McLachlan: from watercolours of dancers to life as a naval wife

Phyllis McLachlan pencil and watercolour sketch, 1926, State Library of New South Wales, Mitchell Library, call number SV / 201

The idea of an illustrated cover for a popular magazine now seems as dated as a crinoline or plus fours.