We are generally well aware of the composers and dancers, including Anna Pavlova, Vaslav Nijinsky, Tamara Karsavina
, Markova, Lifar, Anton Dolin and more, who were conjured up by Sergei Diaghilev during his 20 years as the director / impresario of the Ballets Russes.
Caption: In the 1987 television program The Ballerinas, Carla Fracci, here with Peter Ustinov, embodied nearly a dozen ballet icons from Marie Taglioni to Tamara Karsavina
The distinguished Firebirds in ballet history are Tamara Karsavina
(1910, Paris); Maria Tallchief (1949, New York City Ballet); Margot Fonteyn (1954, London); and Gelsey Kirkland (1970, New York City Ballet).
In addition to Baccelli she profiles Adele Dumilatre (1821-1909) Tamara Karsavina
(1885-1978) and Moira Shearer (1926-2006) who all achieved celebrity as ballet soloists.
At that time the main parts in the play were staged by legendary Anna Pavlova, Tamara Karsavina
, Vaclav Nizhinsky and Michail Fokin himself.
Tours took the fabled company and its brilliant dancers and choreographers--Vaslav Nijinsky, Tamara Karsavina
, Adolph Bolm, Fokine, and Leonide Massine--to both North and South America.
They are connected in a seamless fashion, and along the way some of Nijinsky's principal influences are portrayed, including Ballets Russes founder Serge Diaghilev, wife Romola Pulsky and prima ballerina Tamara Karsavina
Among the other dancers in the first company were Tamara Karsavina
, Michel Fokine, and Adolf Bolm.