Alexandra Danilova as the street dancer in Le beau DanubeAdditional title: Alexandra Danilova collection
NamesIacovleff, Alexandre, 1887-1938 (Artist)
Prints depicting dance
Theatrical dancers, singly or in pairs
Dates / OriginDate Issued: 1937 - 1938 (Approximate)
Library locationsJerome Robbins Dance DivisionShelf locator: *MGZFX Dani 7
TopicsDanilova, Alexandra, 1907-1997Beau Danube (Choreographic work : Massine)
NotesTitle devised by cataloger.Publications: This image was used as the frontispiece to A.E. Twysden's biography Alexandra Danilova, London, 1945.Acquisition: Gift; Alexandra Danilova.Biographical/historical: Alexandra Danilova first danced the role of the street dancer in Massine's 1933 revival of Le beau Danube for Original Ballets Russes. Massine subsequently formed a new company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, and presented Le beau Danube in its opening season in 1938. It continued to be an audience favorite, and Danilova became closely identified with the role of the street dancer. The role of her lover the hussar, first performed by Massine himself, was memorably reincarnated by the British danseur Frederic Franklin.Biographical/historical: Alexandre Iacovleff, whose last name is also spelled Jacovleff or Yakovlev, was born in St. Petersburg, Russia, and studied at the Imperial Academy of Arts. He was a member of Mir Iskusstva, the art circle that also included ballet impresario Serge Diaghilev. He traveled extensively in the Far East and Africa, finding many subjects for his art there.Forms part of the Alexandra Danilova collection. Graphics.
Physical DescriptionPhotomechanical printsExtent: 1 photomechanical print : b&w ; 35 x 27 cm., plate mark 27 x 19 cm.
DescriptionHalf-length portrait of ballerina Alexandra Danilova costumed as the street dancer in Leonide Massine's ballet Le beau Danube. Her face is turned towards the viewer, eyes downcast; her upper body is seen at a three-quarter angle towards the left. Her left hand rests on her hip; her right hand, raised to her cheek, holds up a fold of her frilly skirt. This print is a reproduction of a drawing in sanguine by Alexandre Iacovleff, whose signature, "A. Iacovleff, 1938, Chicago," appears at lower left.
Type of ResourceStill image
IdentifiersRLIN/OCLC: 825067706NYPL catalog ID (B-number): b19758170Universal Unique Identifier (UUID): 3d888cb0-ead3-0133-d01c-00505686a51c
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