<![CDATA[Blog]]> Heart Felt Thanks http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/ Webs.com Ballets Russes Birthday - In Celebration of Sonia's 90th http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/show/2307010 <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><font color="#000000"><strong><font size="4">Happy birthday Sonia!</font></strong>&#160; Indeed this coming Thursday, December 17, 2009 marks the birthday of someone truly s<span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><font color="#000000"><img border="0" align="left" width="168" src="http://russianballethistory.webs.com/Sonia.jpg?0.054075344845874396" height="224" style="MARGIN: 8px; WIDTH: 168px; HEIGHT: 224px" class="fw_image_computer fwSizeProp"/></font></span></span>pecial, Sonia Wojcikowska.&#160; Who is Sonia, you ask?&#160; Sonia is the daughter of two of Diaghilev's Ballets Russes dancers, the God-daughter of Picasso and an accomplished ballerina, who also was a member of the Ballets Russes.&#160; More of her story is posted below.&#160; Sonia taught dance at her mother's studio, The Academy of the Dance, here in Wilmington, Delaware and there are many in Delaware who have such fabulous "Sonia" stories, as she is quite the woman.&#160; I invite those of you who are Members of our site to share your Sonia stories with us this month.&#160; And if you know someone who has stories to share but is NOT a member,&#160;we urge you, to urge them, to join our site and share.&#160; </font></span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><font color="#000000"></font></span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana">I myself only met Sonia once, and she left quite an impression; visit our <em>Lena, Sonia, Leon</em> web page.&#160; But I am told that these days, she prefers to watch the New York Yankees, a big fan I understand - good taste.&#160; Apparently, due to some difficult times, Sonia chooses not to share her memories of her Ballets Russes years.&#160; While I respect that, as they are her stories to tell or not tell, it is a shame for us,&#160;as hers are stories that will now never be told, a&#160;book we'd like to read, but one she doesn't want to write.</span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"></span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><font color="#000000"></font></span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"></span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"></span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><strong>Sonia's Bio</strong></span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><strong></strong></span></p><p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><strong>Sonia Wojcikowska (1919 &#8211; present)</strong></span></p><p>Born December 17, 1919 Sonia was educated at the Lycee Jules Ferrier school in Paris under Lubov Egorova. Sonia started her career as a little girl in a walk-on part in Diaghilev&#8217;s Ballets Russes production of &#8220;Petrouchka&#8221; holding the hand of Enrico Cecchetti. Sonia&#8217;s parents, Helena Antonova and Leon Wojcikowski, were both stars of Diaghilev&#8217;s Ballets Russes company. Sonia&#8217;s godfather was Pablo Picasso. At 9, Sonia sang the part of Chaliapin&#8217;s grand-daughter in Opera La Sirene, (The Mermaid) at Paris Opera. Later she sang two Spanish songs off-stage for Leonide Massine&#8217;s &#8220;Three Cornered Hat&#8221;. When Sonia was thirteen she danced with her mother at the Paris Opera with Les Ballets Ida Rubinstein. Sonia danced many of her mother's roles. (Her father told her once that he could not tell them apart.) By replacing Nathalie Krassovska in Rubinstein's company Sonia danced her first solo in Mikhail Fokine's "Diane de Poitiers".</p><p>Sonia joined Mme. Egorova&#8217;s &#8220;Ballet de la Jeunesse&#8221; at 14 years of age. She later became a soloist with the Original Ballet Russse in 1938. Sonia first came to the United States on the Normandie to dance in the World&#8217;s Fair in 1939. In 1940 she became a soloist with Ballet Theatre, now American Ballet Theatre in New York City. Sonia also had a part in the original &#8220;Oklahoma&#8221; and was the &#8220;Foxhole Ballerina&#8221; for the troups in WWII. Sonia became a US citizen in 1949. She married violinist Joska de Barbary and still resides in New York City. She is 90 years old this year, or more appropriately 90 years young!</p><p>&#160;</p><p><strong><font color="#ff0000">June 1963 Dance Magazine Article</font></strong></p><p><strong><font color="#ff0000"></font></strong></p><p><img src="http://www.russianballethistory.com/Sonia1.jpg"/></p><p><img src="http://www.russianballethistory.com/Sonia2.jpg"/></p><p><img src="http://www.russianballethistory.com/Sonia3.jpg"/></p> Thu, 10 Dec 2009 11:49:00 -0500 http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/show/2307010 Serge Lifar's Birthday http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/show/723285 <p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><a href="http://michaelminn.net/andros/images/lifar_serge.jpg"></a><font size="2"><font color="#000040"><font face="Verdana">Happy birthday!<font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"> <stroke joinstyle="miter"></stroke></font></font></font><formulas><f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></f><f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></f><f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></f><f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></f><f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></f><f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></f><f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></f><f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></f><f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></f><f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></f><f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></f><f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></f></formulas><path gradientshapeok="t"></path><lock aspectratio="t"></lock><shape type="#_x0000_t75" style="MARGIN-TOP: 89.45pt; Z-INDEX: 1; MARGIN-LEFT: 0px; WIDTH: 83.25pt; POSITION: absolute; HEIGHT: 112.5pt; mso-wrap-distance-left: 0; mso-wrap-distance-right: 0; mso-position-horizontal: left; mso-position-vertical-relative: line" id="_x0000_s1026"><imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME&#126;1\SINGLI&#126;1\LOCALS&#126;1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_image001.jpg"></imagedata><wrap type="square"></wrap></shape></font></font></font></p><p><font size="2"><font color="#000040"><font face="Verdana"><font size="3"><font color="#000000"><font face="Times New Roman"><stroke joinstyle="miter"></stroke></font></font></font><formulas><f eqn="if lineDrawn pixelLineWidth 0"></f><f eqn="sum @0 1 0"></f><f eqn="sum 0 0 @1"></f><f eqn="prod @2 1 2"></f><f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelWidth"></f><f eqn="prod @3 21600 pixelHeight"></f><f eqn="sum @0 0 1"></f><f eqn="prod @6 1 2"></f><f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelWidth"></f><f eqn="sum @8 21600 0"></f><f eqn="prod @7 21600 pixelHeight"></f><f eqn="sum @10 21600 0"></f></formulas><path gradientshapeok="t"></path><lock aspectratio="t"></lock><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><shape type="#_x0000_t75" style="MARGIN-TOP: 24.75pt; Z-INDEX: 1; MARGIN-LEFT: 82.5pt; WIDTH: 83.25pt; POSITION: absolute; HEIGHT: 112.5pt; mso-wrap-distance-left: 0; mso-wrap-distance-right: 0; mso-position-horizontal: absolute; mso-position-vertical-relative: line; mso-position-vertical: absolute" id="_x0000_s1027"><imagedata src="file:///C:\DOCUME&#126;1\SINGLI&#126;1\LOCALS&#126;1\Temp\msohtml1\01\clip_image001.jpg"></imagedata><wrap type="square"></wrap></shape></p></font></font></font></p><p align="left" style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><img width="152" src="http://www.russianballethistory.com/Lifar3.jpg" height="273"/></p><p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"></p></p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="2"><font color="#000040"><font face="Verdana">Lifar was born in <city><place>Kiev</place></city> and studied under Bronislava Nijinska. He was accepted into Diaghilev&#8217;s Ballets Russes in 1923.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&#160; </span>Lifar was very handsome and known for his enormous ego. In his personal, life Lifar was as dynamic as he was controversial.&#160; Lifar was the last of the Ballets Russes' Premier Danseurs.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&#160; </span></font></font></font></p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><p><font size="2" color="#000040" face="Verdana">&#160;</font></p></p><p style="MARGIN: 0in 0in 0pt"><font size="2" color="#000040" face="Verdana">Two of Lifar's greatest achievements as a dancer in Diaghilev&#8217;s Ballets Russes were in Balanchine's Apollo and The Prodigal Son.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&#160; </span>After Diaghilev's death in 1929, Lifar became Premier Danseur of the Paris Opera Ballet.<span style="mso-spacerun: yes">&#160;</span></font><font size="2" color="#000040" face="Verdana">Lifar held the position of Director at the Paris Opera Ballet for 20 years, creating the majority of the choreography and dancing most of the leading roles himself. </font></p> Thu, 02 Apr 2009 12:30:00 -0400 http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/show/723285 Today is Diaghilev's Birthday http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/show/710048 <p><span style="FONT-SIZE: 10pt; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana"><font size="4" face="Arial"><p><font size="3"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">Today, 137 years ago, on March 31st in 1872, </span><span style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial; mso-bidi-font-weight: bold">Serge Pavlovich Diaghilev</span><span style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">&#160;</span><span style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Arial">was born in the <placetype><placetype>province</placetype> of <placename><placename>Novgorad</placename>, <country-region><place><country-region><place>Russia</place></country-region>&#160;</place></country-region>.</placename></placetype></span><span style="COLOR: black; FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial"/><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"> His legacy still lives on in ballet companies around the globe.&#160; </span></font></p><p><font size="3"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"></span></font></p><p><font size="3"><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial">May 2009 marks the centennial of Diaghilev&#8217;s Ballets Russes company and it is being celebrated all over the world.</span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Verdana; mso-bidi-font-family: Arial">&#160; </span><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><p>&#160;</p></span></font></p><p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&#160;<p>&#160;</p></font></span></p><p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">I just wanted to take a moment this morning&#160;to say, <span style="COLOR: red">"Happy Birthday&#160;&#160;Mr. Diaghilev and thank you for everything you have done for the world of dance, art and music."</span><p>&#160;</p></font></span></p><p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">&#160;<p>&#160;</p></font></span></p><p><span style="FONT-FAMILY: Arial"><font size="3">Stacey<p>&#160;</p></font></span></p><p>&#160;</p></font></span></p><p>&#160;</p> Tue, 31 Mar 2009 09:17:00 -0400 http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/show/710048 Ballets Russes Exhibit http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/show/667750 <p>Next Tuesday is Diaghilev's birthday and it is that very day I am meeting with a gentleman from the Wilmington, Delaware&#160;Preservation Society about a space they have to lend me for a Ballets Russes exhibit in Delaware.&#160; Destiny or a coincidence?&#160; The date was selected by them.&#160; The space they are offering me would allow me to exhibit a portion of my collection.&#160;The intent is to invite local dance schools and balletomanes during the month of May to breathe in the history of the Ballets Russes on their 100th Anniversary.</p><p>&#160;</p><p>Stacey</p> Tue, 24 Mar 2009 10:43:00 -0400 http://www.russianballethistory.com/apps/blog/show/667750