When asked about her partnership with Anton Dolin, Alicia Markova
(a Ballets Russes star in her time) said tartly: "Well, it would have been nicer if Mr Dolin had worn a little more deodorant!" And as for the ballerina who required sex before she could soar up in Swan Lake, well, you'll find a mention of that here too.
The March 1958 issue of Dance Magazine included coverage of the previous year's Dance Magazine Awards, one of which went to Dame Alicia Markova
, The British ballerina began her career with Diaghilev's Ballets Russes and went on to be a founding member of Rambert Dance Company, The Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre before co-founding English National Ballet in 1950.
| WHEN did the English ballerina Alicia Markova
The very tutu that was wrapped around the slender waist of ballet legend Dame Alicia Markova
during Swan Lake was the star lot at Fieldings Auctioneers' Stourbridge sale on Saturday, realising a staggering PS2,600.
The cover and Fashion, by Valerie In an introductory essay to her sumptuous book, Dance and Fashion author Valerie Steel notes: "The first time a ballerina appeared on stage wearing nothing but an all-over white unitard was in 1925 in Paris when the 14-year-old Alicia Markova
(soon to become of the finest dancers Britain ever produced) appeared in The Song of the Nightingale.
Dame Alicia Markova
(1 December 1910 - 2 December 2004) was an English ballerina and a choreographer, director and teacher of classical ballet.
Some of the most accomplished dancers to perform this role include Carlotta Grisi, Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina, Olga Spessivtseva, Galina Ulanova, Alicia Markova
and Eva Evdokimova.
There he danced with Alicia Markova
, with whom he founded the Markova-Dolin Ballet and the London Festival Ballet.
Among his dance partners were Alicia Markova
, Moira Shearer, and perhaps most notably, Alexandra Danilova.
Among his many ballet partners were Alicia Markova
, Irina Baronova, Agnes de Mille, Ruthanna Boris, Yvette Chauvire, Moira Shearer, Rosella Hightower, Maria Tallchief, Tamara Toumanova, and Alicia Alonso.
Stocked with wise, eccentric divas like Alicia Markova
, Maria Tallchief, and Alexandra Danilova, Ballets Russes proves that art trumps adversity.
"Suddenly," says nonegenarian Dame Alicia Markova
, "it's like something opens, and I see everything as it happened then."