MAKING OF MARKOVA: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina

MAKING OF MARKOVA: Diaghilev's Baby Ballerina

TINA SUTTON    Book Number: 86972    Product format: Hardback

It is pre-World War I England and a shy, delicate Jewish girl with flat feet, knock-knees, and weak legs is destined to become the youngest-ever soloist at Sergei Diaghilev's famed Ballets Russes and one of the greatest ballerinas of the 20th century. Lilian Alicia Marks would be rechristened Alicia Markova at the age of 14 and enjoy accolades such as having a ballet choreographed for her by George Balanchine (his first ballet), wearing costumes designed by Henri Matisse, and being taught music by Igor Stravinsky. Tina Sutton paints the performer's life in perfect detail with incredible access to Dame Markova's intimate journals and writing. Celebrate a figure who was beloved by many, a star whose name was leant to a race horse and called 'my ideal and my idol' by Dame Margot Fonteyn. The biography also charts the numerous choreographers she worked with including Mikhail Fokine, Frederick Ashton, Léonide Massine, Jerome Robbins, Bronislava Nijinska, and Antony Tudor, all of whom created roles for her. She kept a scrapbook of all the dancers she performed with in the dance company despite being a member of the ensemble herself. A highlight is reading about Markova's pure dedication to dance as she supposedly delayed going to hospital for immediate surgery on a ruptured hernia at one point in order to teach her roles to the Ballet Theatre dancers who would be filling in for her. This is an all access pass providing brilliant insight into Markova's life. Photographs are included showing Markova at every stage of her career, from a photo of her stunning leg attitude while performing America's first-ever Sugar Plum Fairy when The Nutcracker was revived by the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in 1939, to an image of the elegant costume created by Henry Matisse for Massine's Rouge et Noir in 1939 in which he drew the outlines of the flame appliqués directly onto her body and surprising the British news photographers at Heathrow Airport on New Year's Day in 1963. 6.4" x 9.3", dozens of black and white photos, 672pp.
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ISBN 9781605984568
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