Anna Pavlova: Twentieth Century Ballerina

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The great ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881–1931) began her career with the Imperial Russian Ballet in 1909, moved to Paris to dance with Vaslav Nijinsky in Sergei Diaghilev’s famous Ballets Russes, and formed her own dance company in London in 1912. Like celebrities of today, she toured the world, endorsed beauty products and department stores, appeared in fashion magazines, and even made a Hollywood movie. But her passion was always ballet, which she sought to bring to as wide an audience as possible.

This lavishly-illustrated book celebrates Pavlova’s life on-stage and off, and was published to mark the centenary of the founding of Pavlova’s English dance company. Now revised to include an entirely new chapter on Pavlova’s tours to North and South America, as well as new images of Pavlova with Charlie Chaplin, this gorgeous book  takes a fascinating look at the iconic star whose career spanned Russia and the West in the first half of the century.

Rare photographs presented as full-page illustrations and even double-pages spreads are among the treats in store. Accompanying essays by Jane Pritchard and Caroline Hamilton tell the story of this most influential dancer. Anna Pavlova: Twentieth Century Ballerina is a must-have for all dance lovers, and it’s a beautiful gift to give any aspiring young dancer. Highly recommended by Vintage Pointe.

Booth-Clibborn, 2013. Hardback, 208 pages.