Tag Archives: Ballets Russes

2020 Books Read

What a year, huh. What a dumpster-fire year. I read a lot, mostly in the mornings, and it helped create rituals for the days, which often seemed endlessly the same, interchangeable. I read a lot of long and challenging books … Continue reading

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Year in Review: Shooting My Mouth Off in 2020, Part 2

Here’s part 1, a list of things I’ve written for other outlets. This list, then, is a hodge-podge of the things I’ve written here this year. Anyone familiar with this joint knows that I do tribute posts for people’s birthdays. … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘Heroes and Hero Worship’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. The next essay is called ‘Heroes and Hero Worship’, and it is about the legendary collaboration between Lincoln Kirstein and George Balanchine, the duo who created the … Continue reading

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The Books: Twenty-Eight Artists and Two Saints, ‘After the Ball Was Over’, by Joan Acocella

On the essays shelf: Twenty-eight Artists and Two Saints: Essays by Joan Acocella. The next essay is called ‘After the Ball Was Over’, about legendary Russian dancer Vaslav Nijinsky. Vaslav Nijinsky was born in the late 19th century and was … Continue reading

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Baby Ballerinas

That’s what they called them, the three young Russian ballerinas who starred in the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo in the 1930s. Tamara Toumanova, Irina Baronova, and Tatiana Riabouchinska. They were 13, 14 years old, on the run from the … Continue reading

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