40 Facts About Ana Pavlova


Ana Pavlova was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev.

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Ana Pavlova is most recognized for her creation of the role of The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour around the world, including performances in South America, India and Australia.

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Anna Matveyevna Ana Pavlova was born in the Preobrazhensky Regiment hospital, Saint Petersburg where her father, Matvey Pavlovich Pavlov, served.

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Ana Pavlova was a premature child, regularly felt ill and was sent to the Ligovo village where her grandmother looked after her.

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Ana Pavlova appeared for the first time on stage in Petipa's Un conte de fees, which the ballet master staged for the students of the school.

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Ana Pavlova's severely arched feet, thin ankles, and long limbs clashed with the small, compact body favoured for the ballerina of the time.

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Ana Pavlova graduated in 1899 at age 18, chosen to enter the Imperial Ballet a rank ahead of corps de ballet as a coryphee.

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Ana Pavlova made her official debut at the Mariinsky Theatre in Pavel Gerdt's Les Dryades pretendues.

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Ana Pavlova's performance drew praise from the critics, particularly the great critic and historian Nikolai Bezobrazov.

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Ana Pavlova performed in various classical variations, pas de deux and pas de trois in such ballets as La Camargo, Le Roi Candaule, Marcobomba and The Sleeping Beauty.

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Ana Pavlova tried desperately to imitate the renowned Pierina Legnani, Prima ballerina assoluta of the Imperial Theaters.

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Ana Pavlova rose through the ranks quickly, becoming a favorite of the old maestro Petipa.

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Ana Pavlova was named danseuse in 1902, premiere danseuse in 1905, and, finally, prima ballerina in 1906 after a resounding performance in Giselle.

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Ana Pavlova was much celebrated by the fanatical balletomanes of Tsarist Saint Petersburg, her legions of fans calling themselves the Pavlovatzi.

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Kschessinska, not wanting to be upstaged, was certain Ana Pavlova would fail in the role, as she was considered technically inferior because of her small ankles and lithe legs.

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Ana Pavlova is perhaps most renowned for creating the role of The Dying Swan, a solo choreographed for her by Michel Fokine.

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Ana Pavlova choreographed several solos herself, one of which is The Dragonfly, a short ballet set to music by Fritz Kreisler.

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All her life, Ana Pavlova preferred the melodious "musique dansante" of the old maestros such as Cesare Pugni and Ludwig Minkus, and cared little for anything else which strayed from the salon-style ballet music of the 19th century.

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Ana Pavlova traveled everywhere in the world that travel was possible, and introduced the ballet to millions who had never seen any form of Western dancing.

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Ana Pavlova performed many 'ethnic' dances, some of which she learned from local teachers during her travels.

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In 1928, Anna Ana Pavlova engaged St Petersburg conductor Efrem Kurtz to accompany her dancing, which he did until her death in 1931.

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Nordi kept Ana Pavlova's flame burning in London, well into the 1970s, where she tutored hundreds of pupils including many ballet stars.

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Between 1912 and 1926, Ana Pavlova made almost annual tours of the United States, traveling from coast to coast.

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Ana Pavlova died on 5 February 1944 and was cremated at Golders Green Crematorium and his ashes placed below those of Anna.

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Fifteen girls were adopted into a home Ana Pavlova purchased near Paris at Saint-Cloud, overseen by the Comtesse de Guerne and supported by her performances and funds solicited by Ana Pavlova, including many small donations from members of the Camp Fire Girls of America, who made her an honorary member.

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Ana Pavlova sent to Paris for her personal physician, Dr Zalewski to attend her.

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Ana Pavlova was told that she had pneumonia and required an operation.

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Ana Pavlova was told that she would never be able to dance again if she went ahead with it.

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Victor Dandre wrote that Ana Pavlova died a half hour past midnight on Friday, 23 January 1931, with her maid Marguerite Letienne, Dr Zalevsky, and himself at her bedside.

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Ana Pavlova was cremated, and her ashes placed in a columbarium at Golders Green Crematorium, where her urn was adorned with her ballet shoes.

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Ana Pavlova inspired the choreographer Frederick Ashton, who as a boy of 13, he saw her dance in the Municipal Theater in Lima, Peru.

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Ana Pavlova's dances inspired many artworks of the Irish painter John Lavery.

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Jarabe Tapatio, known in English as the "Mexican Hat Dance", gained popularity outside of Mexico when Ana Pavlova created a staged version in pointe shoes, for which she was showered with hats by her adoring Mexican audiences.

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Ana Pavlova appears as a character, played by Maria Tallchief, in the 1952 film Million Dollar Mermaid.

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Ana Pavlova appears as a character in Rosario Ferre's novel of 2001, Flight of the Swan.

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Ana Pavlova appears as a character in the fourth episode of the British series Mr Selfridge, played by real-life ballerina Natalia Kremen.

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Ana Pavlova's feet were extremely arched, so she strengthened her pointe shoe by adding a piece of hard leather on the soles for support and flattening the box of the shoe.

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Ana Pavlova's solution became, over time, the precursor of the modern pointe shoe, as pointe work became less painful and easier for curved feet.

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Ana Pavlova is included in some of the other notated choreographies when she participated in performances as a soloist.

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Several of the violin or piano reductions used as rehearsal scores reflect the variations that Pavlova chose to dance in a particular performance, since, at that time, classical variations were often performed ad libitum, i e at the dancer's choice.

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