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All the World’s a Stage in a Mid-Century Trans-Continental Age

[Svetlana Beriosova photographed by Hans Wild (1957)] Lithuanian-British prima ballerina Svetlana Nikolayevna Beriosova was born in Kaunas, Lithuania, on 24 September 1932. Svetlana Beriosova was the daughter of Nicolas Beriosoff, a Lithuanian ballet master of ethnic Russian descent, who immigrated … Continue reading

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Natalia Goncharova’s Kingdom Under the Sea

Russian avant-garde artist, painter, costume designer, writer, illustrator and set designer Natalia Sergeevna Goncharova was born on June 4, 1881 in Tula. Her great-aunt was the wife of Russian poet, Alexander Pushkin. By 1891 the family moved to Moscow. In … Continue reading

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Did Benois’ Part Create a Surge in Diaghilev’s Balletic Art?

The above portraiture is of Serge Diaghilev (1872-1929) illustrated by Alexandre Benois over a proscenium arch from which the showman from Petruschka draws the curtains to reveal a scene from Le Pavillion d’Armide, with Petruschka hiding in the corner. Russian … Continue reading

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An Ambrosian approach to the Balletomane’s Sketchbook

The image is from the Balletomane’s Sketchbook by Kay or Katherine Ambrose. It is entitled “Alexander Wallewski – Maciek is dead, is dead!”. Kay Ambrose was born in Surrey 1914 and died in London on 1st December 1971. Kay was an author, illustrator, … Continue reading

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