TAMARA KARSAVINA 1885-1978
Tamara Platonovna Karsavina was a Russian prima ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later of the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. After settling in Britain at Hampstead in London, she began teaching ballet professionally and became recognised as one of the founders of modern British ballet. She assisted in the establishment of The Royal Ballet and was a founder member of the Royal Academy of Dance, which is now the world's largest dance-teaching organisation. Her most famous roles were Lise in La Fille Mal Gardée, Medora in Le Corsaire, and the Tsar Maiden in The Little Humpbacked Horse. She was the first ballerina to dance in the so-called Le Corsaire Pas de Deux in 1915.
In 1930-1955 she served as Vice-President of the Royal Academy of dance. Karsavina occasionally assisted with the revival of the ballets in which she had danced, notably Spectre de la Rose, in which she coached Margot Fonteyn and Rudolf Nureyev. In 1959 she advised Sir Frederick Ashton on his important revival of La Fille Mal Gardée for the Royal Ballet.
"Portrait of Tamara Karsavina"
Author Rinat Kuramshin
Photo. T. Karsavina in the ballet "Scheherazade"
Photo. The house where she lived T. Karsavina
London, 108 Frognal
Photo. T. Karsavina
in the ballet " Firebird"
Photo. V. Nijinsky and Karsavina in the ballet the Vision of rose