Anna Pavlova at the Castello di Vigoleno, 1925. Photo: Studio fotografico Moreschi.
Anna Pavlovna (Matveyevna) Pavlova February 12 [O.S. January 31] 1881 – January 23, 1931) was a Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. Pavlova is most recognized for the creation of the role The Dying Swan and, with her own company, became the first ballerina to tour ballet around the world.
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Anna Pavlova in her costume for the Russian Dance.
Anna Pavlova and Michael Mordkin performing the Russian Dance (1909). Foulsham & Banfield. Published by Rotary Photographic Co Ltd. National Portrait Gallery. Mordkin joined Diaghilev for the 1909 Paris season as a leading dancer, ranking above Nijinsky. On the opening night of Ballets Russes in Paris, Mordkin danced the leading role in Michael Fokine’s Le Pavillon d'Armide. After the first season, he remained in Paris to dance with Anna Pavlova going on to form his own company, All Star…