Anna Pavlova was one of the first genuine twentieth-century icons. A ballerina who toured the world sparking a fascination with ballet wherever she went, she was also a fashionable, independent woman.
Brought up in St Petersburg she trained at the Imperial Ballet School and with the great ballet master Enrico Cecchetti . After a decade rising to the highest ranks of the Imperial Ballet and becoming a muse to Mikhail Fokine, who created her most famous solo The Swan, she focused on an international career.
In 1912 Pavlova made London her official home base and her performances here often established the repertoire for national and international tours.
The presentation will focus on Pavlova's performances in the City of Westminster: her seasons at the Palace Theatre between 1910 and 1913 and her post-War seasons at the Royal Opera House Covent Garden.
At the Palace, Pavlova initially made an impact with Mikhail Mordkin in sensual pas de deux but after their highly publicised ‘quarrel’ in 1911 the spotlight was on Pavlova as ballerina.
At Covent Garden, with a larger company, she introduced a number of ballets which have subsequently become well-loved works.
The talk will include consideration of the support company she put together and how its focus changed from Russian to British dancers.
The talk takes place on 23 January the 82 anniversary of her death in the Hague in 1931.
When & Where
Westminster Arts Library
A public reference library in the heart of London’s West End with a key subject collection in Art & Design and Performing Arts listed as one of outstanding national significance.
As an arts library, freely open to all 57 hours a week, we see ourselves as a first resort for practitioners, students, enthusiasts and academics alike. If enquirers need more in depth information than we can provide, we know which specialised resources and institutions to refer them to.
We offer a diverse range of arts events at the rate of three or four per month, as well as business talks and workshops. In every case we display books from our broad arts collection that tie in with the event in order to promote our stock and services, and in fact our very existence!
Our wish is to generate a sense of excitement and inspiration and the aim of these events is to use a creatively dormant space such a traditional Library as a resource, study and temporary hub of debate and interaction, a ‘creative city’ which opens up to a new and ever changing audience.
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