Tag Archives: Colonel de Basil

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

When the baby ballerinas took a detour to the silver screen

800px-florian_poster

How many ballet dancers these days become actors? There are some, of course, including Baryshnikov, but I think the peak

Sono Osato, a woman of mystery, magic and courage, who survived racism, and the slings and arrows of working for Colonel de Basil

Sono Osato, Roman Jasensky and two other dancers from the Original Ballet Russe, Sydney, New Year's Eve, 1939, photo © Gordon Short

A serendipitous chain of events this month began when a Sydney Morning Herald columnist asked for help with an article

Madame Larose in her underground treasure cave

Olga Larose and Anna Tchinarova backstage at the Theatre Royal, Sydney, January 1940, photo © Norman Brown

As a postscript to the mystery man of Colonel de Basil’s Ballets Russes, Otis Pearce, this is the much briefer

Tracing the path of the mystery man of the Ballets Russes in Australia

Anton Dolin, Irina Baronova, Otis Pearce, Australia, 1938/39, photographer unknown

His first name was Otis. His second name was Pearce, or maybe Pierce, as his name was often spelt. He

Anna Volkova Barnes 1917-2013

Anna Volkova in Les sylphides, Ballets Russes, ca. 1930s, photo © Maurice Seymour, National Library of Australia

She liked to say she led two lives – the first as a ballerina who danced on stages from Paris

Anna Volkova: a life well lived, from Moscow to a sheep farm in New South Wales

Anna Volkova, National Library of Australia, photo © Maurice Seymour

There are transitions and then there are major life changes. Anna Volkova, who died in Sydney last weekend aged 96,

Ballets Russes drawings find a permanent home in Australia

Sir George Tallis, National Library of Australia

I recently wrote about a group of Ballets Russes’ drawings by Cecil Waller that were auctioned in Sydney in May