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Pavlova, Anna

Born: 1881 AD
Died: 1931 AD
Nationality: Russian
Categories: Dancers

1881 – Born on January 21st (February 12, New Style) in St. Petersburg, Russia. Russian ballerina, the most celebrated dancer of her time.

1891-1906 – Pavlova studied at the Imperial School of Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre, joined the Imperial Ballet, and became a prima ballerina. By this time she had already danced Giselle with considerable success.

         – Anna’s father had died when she was two years old—the child was accepted for training at the Imperial School of Ballet at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg.

1909 – She went to Paris on the historic tour of the Ballets Russes.

         – The impresario Sergey Diaghilev staged a historic season of Russian ballet in Paris, and Pavlova appeared briefly with the company there and later in London.

1910 – While she was still taking leave from the Mariinsky Theatre, she danced in New York City and London with Mikhail Mordkin.

1911 – Pavlova’s personal life was undramatic apart from occasional professional headlines, as when, she quarreled with Mordkin.

1913 – She danced independently with her own company throughout the world.

         – Once she left the Imperial Ballet, her frontiers were extended. For the rest of her life, with various partners (including Laurent Novikov and Pierre Vladimirov) and companies, she was a wandering missionary for her art, giving a vast number of people their introduction to ballet.

1914-1918 –  The repertoire of Anna Pavlova’s company was in large part conventional. They danced excerpts or adaptations of Mariinsky successes such as Don Quixote, La Fille mal gardée (“The Girl Poorly Managed”), The Fairy Doll, or Giselle, of which she was an outstanding interpreter. The most famous numbers, however, were the succession of ephemeral solos, which were endowed by her with an inimitable enchantment: The Dragonfly, Californian Poppy, Gavotte, and Christmas are names that lingered in the thoughts of her audiences, together with her single choreographic endeavor, Autumn Leaves.

1920 – Her maternal instincts spent themselves on her company and on a home for Russian refugee orphans, which she founded in Paris.

1931 – Died on January 23rd in The Hague, Netherlands.