Olga was born in
In 1916, Diaghilev invited her to tour with his Ballets Russes in the
In 1932, Olga made another memorable guest appearance in
Olga suffered a nervous breakdown in 1943, and she was hospitalized. She remained institutionalized until 1963 when, with the help of her friends Anton Dolin and Felia Doubrovska, Olga was discharged and settled in Valley Cottage on the Tolstoy Farm. The Tolstoy Farm is a Russian community run by the Tolstoy Foundation in
The BBC put out a short programme about her life in 1964, and two years later Anton Dolin wrote a book about her. The title of both was 'The Sleeping Ballerina'.
Felia Doubrovska was born in St. Petersburg,
Felia married acclaimed Russian dancer, Pierre Vladimiroff in 1921. They moved to the
Felia retired from performing and became a distinguished teacher at the
Adolph Bolm was a student at the
After the company's second half of the American tour in the Fall of 1916, he decided to stay in the
Bolm passed away on April 16, 1951 in Hollywood California.
Born into a wealthy Jewish family but sadly orphaned at an early age. Ida had, by the standard of Russian ballet, little formal training until she was under the private tutelage of Mikhail Fokine. In 1909, Diaghilev hired her to dance with his Ballets Russes and she danced the title role of "Cléopâtre" in the innaugural
Ida Rubinstein danced with Diaghilev's Ballet Russe again in the 1910 season, performing in Scheherazade. The ballet is based on the story of the Thousand and One Nights, choreographed by Fokine and written by him and Léon Bakst.
In 1911, she performed in Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien. Gabriele d'Annunzio wrote the part for her and it was scored by Claude Debussy. This was both a triumph for its stylized modernism and a scandal; the Archbishop of Paris requested Catholics not attend because St. Sebastian was being played by a woman and a Jew.
Lubov studied at the
Three years after Diaghilev's death, in 1932 she and her husband joined Col. de Basil's Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Lubov was Ballet Mistress. She remained with the Col. de Basil's company, until it folded in 1952. Lubov came out of retirement to create the title role in Davide Lichine's Francesca da Rimini (1937). In 1952 she settled in
Alexandre Volinine was born in Moscow on September 16, 1882. He was a Russian-French dancer and teacher. Volinine studied at the Bolshoi Ballet School, with Tikhomirov and Gorsky and he graduated in 1901. After graduating, Alexandre Volinine was invited to join the Bolshoi Ballet and was quickly promoted to principal danseur in 1903. Volinine created roles in Gorsky's Robert and Bertram (1906) and Nur and Anitra (1907), and danced all the leading male roles in the classical repertoire.
He left the Bolshoi in 1910, first dancing with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in the 1910 Paris season. It was here that he danced a principal role in Fokine's Les Orientales, and then toured with Lydia Lopokova (1910-11) in America. He appeared with Gertrude Hoffmann's so-called Ballets Russes at the Winter Garden Theater in New York in 1911 and with Mordkin's All-Star Imperial Russian Ballet (1911-12). Later Volinine partnered Adeline Genée on tour to America, Australia, and New Zealand (1912-13); also partnered Lydia Kyasht at the Empire Theatre in London in 1913.
Volinine most famous partner was Anna Pavlova. He danced with Anna Pavlova's company on its various world tours from 1914 to 1925, partnering Anna Pavlova and creating the role of the Young Poet in her Autumn Leaves (1919). In 1926, having retired from the stage, he opened a famous school in Paris, where his students included Babilée, Eglevsky, Jeanmaire, and Lichine. In 1946 he staged Giselle for the Royal Danish Ballet.
Derain was a French painter and co-founder of Fauvism with Henri Matisse. André Derain was born June 10th in 1880 in Île-de-France, just outside
In 1919, Andre designed the ballet La Boutique Fantasque for Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes. A major success, it would lead to his creating many ballet designs. He died in Hauts-de-Seine,