Vera Nemtchinova was born in 1899 in
In 1927 Vera and fellow Diaghilev dancer, Anton Dolin, left the company to form their own company along with Anatole Oboukhoff, who Vera would marry years later. They toured
There is a fabulous 3-page article on Sonia in the July 1963 Dance magazine issue. If you go to the Feedback page and send me a request, I will email you an electronic file copy of the article.
Born December 17, 1919 Sonia was educated at the Lycee Jules Ferrier school in
Sonia joined Mme. Egorova’s “Ballet de la Jeunesse” at 14 years of age. She later became a soloist with the Original Ballet Russse in 1938. Sonia first came to the
Helena Antonova (1898 – 1974) Helena, known as
Lena was good friends with Bronislava Nijinska. In the photo on the right she is there helping to brush Bronislava's hair. In the collection on our Photos page you can see a hand written letter Nijinska wrote to Lena.
Madame Antonova co-founded The Academy Of The Dance in Wilmington, Delaware in 1956. (The shawl in the photo above is part of the collection and is available for viewing on the Photos page.)
Leon Wojcikowski (February 20, 1899 – February 23, 1975)Leon was born in
After Diaghilev’s death
(These autographed photos are part of the collection and available for viewing on the Photos page) Leon danced with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, both in the Paris and London performances during its historic and tragic final season in 1929. Mr Diaghilev died an untimely death in August of 1929. Leon was a handsome and popular dancer who often did ads for commercial products like a protein enhanced milk drink. He was ahead of his time with celebrity endorsements!
In Scene I, The Christening, Leon was a Page to the Cherry Blossom Fairy, Lena was a Lady-in-Waiting and Vera was the Carnation Fairy. Scenen II, The Spell, Leon was the Indian Prince, Lena the Village Maiden and Vera one of Princess Aurora's Friends. In Scene III, The Vision, Lena was a Nymph and Vera was a Baroness. To see images of the program go to our Photos page.
Please visit The Collection's Beginings page to learn about where these items came from and their tie to the Wilmington, Delaware Arts community.