Tag Archives: Irina Baronova

When the baby ballerinas took a detour to the silver screen


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

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

Irina Baronova, seen through the eyes of her daughter, Victoria Tennant

Victoria Tennant holds her mother's pointe shoes, photo © Kirk Gambler

This article first appeared in the Good Weekend supplement of The Sydney Morning Herald and The Age. Tucked in a

David Lichine’s Australian years with and without Borovansky

David Lichine, published in Woman's Day and Home, 26 September, 1955, photographer unknown

The audience at Sydney’s Theatre Royal was thrilled to see the glamorous Ballets Russes’ star for the first time. The

Irina Baronova, billboard version, makes a second appearance – in Melbourne

Irina Baronova, Swan Lake, based on a photo by Maurice Seymour, photo © Kate Gorman

First the State Library of New South Wales found a gigantic painting of Irina Baronova tucked away in the archives

Baronova painting uncovered at the State Library of NSW

"The Dancer", portrait oil painting of Irina Baronova in costume for Swan Lake, ca. 1939 / Virgil Reilly, Mitchell Library, State Library of NSW, ML 1309

At the State Library of New South Wales a new ballet treasure has come to light – a very large

How a crumbling roof in Dorset brought a Ballets Russes’ gallery to Australia

Tamara Toumanova 1934

I first saw these Ballets Russes’ drawings at Martyn Cook’s antique showroom in Queen Street, Woollahra in 2009. They’ve intrigued

Carabosse: a lesson in evil

Bakst's design for Carabosse

Monica Mason, the artistic director of the Royal Ballet, coaches Kristen McNally in the role of Carabosse in The Sleeping

The keepers of the flame

Les Sylphides, Daryl Lindsay

Summing up a year’s research at the Mitchell Library in Sydney, I spoke last week about my discoveries as the