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Tamara Karsavina (1885—1978)

Russian prima ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later of the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev.Created by: PICRYL - Public Domain Media Search EngineDated: 1885
Karsavina's 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.

The choreographer George Balanchine said he had fond memories of watching her when he was a student at the Imperial Ballet School. Shortly before 1910, she was regularly invited to dance in Paris with the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev. During her years with the company, she created many of her most famous roles in the ballets of Mikhail Fokine, including Petrushka and Le Spectre de la Rose. She danced the latter with Harold Turner. She was perhaps most famous for creating the title role in Fokine's The Firebird with Vaslav Nijinsky, her occasional partner. (This role was originally offered to Anna Pavlova, who could not come to terms with Stravinsky's strikingly new score.)

Karsavina left Russia in 1918, just before Red Terror was launched by the Bolsheviks at the beginning of the Russian Civil War, and moved to Paris, where she continued her association with the Ballets Russes as a leading ballerina.

Karsavina's memoir, Theatre Street (the name of the street where the Imperial Ballet School was located, due to its proximity to the Alexandrovskii Theatre), describes her training at the Imperial Ballet School, and her career at the Mariinsky Theatre and the Ballets Russes. In the ultra-competitive world of ballet, she was almost universally beloved. Karsavina did have a rival in Anna Pavlova; yet in Theatre Street, Karsavina always writes of her with kindness and generosity, e.g. "Pavlova at that time hardly realised that in her lithe shape and in her technical limitations lay the greatest strength of her charming personality." In the film, A Portrait of Giselle, Karsavina recalls a "wardrobe malfunction": during a performance one of her shoulder straps fell and she accidentally exposed herself. Pavlova reduced an embarrassed Karsavina to tears.
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Karsavina TP, Russian Empire

Karsavina TP, Russian Empire

Русский: Карсавина, Тамара Платоновна Public domain photograph - female portrait, 20th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Photograph of Tamara Karsavina in Schéhérazade, n.d., no photographer

Photograph of Tamara Karsavina in Schéhérazade, n.d., no photographer

Picryl description: Public domain image related to dance, musical, theater, performance, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Karsavina by M.Sherling, Russian Empire
Karsavina by Straithmore

Karsavina by Straithmore

Tamara Karsavina by Straithmore

Photograph of Tamara Karsavina and Serge Lifar in Romeo and Juliet, London, 1926, no photographer

Photograph of Tamara Karsavina and Serge Lifar in Romeo and Juliet, Lo...

Music by Lambert, choreography by Nijinska (General) Public domain photograph - performance, musical, dance, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Le Dieu bleu (photographie) (...)Waléry (1866-1935) btv1b52504386v

Le Dieu bleu (photographie) (...)Waléry (1866-1935) btv1b52504386v

Français : Le Dieu bleu, Tamara Karsavina (dans le rôle de la jeune fille); photographie de Waléry (Charles Auguste Varsavaux), photographe officiel pour la Saison Russe parisienne de 1912

Tamara Karsavina in Les Sylphides

Tamara Karsavina in Les Sylphides

Picryl description: Public domain photo of portrait art painting, free to use, no copyright restrictions image.

Photograph of Tamara Karsavina and Serge Lifar in Romeo and Juliet, London, 1926

Photograph of Tamara Karsavina and Serge Lifar in Romeo and Juliet, Lo...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a dance, dancer, athlete, 20th century, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Photograph of Tamara Karsavina, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Adolph Bolm in Le Carnaval, n.d., no photographer

Photograph of Tamara Karsavina, Vaslav Nijinsky, and Adolph Bolm in Le...

Public domain photograph related to music, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Vaslav Nijinsky Tamara Karsavina Le Spectre de la Rose

Vaslav Nijinsky Tamara Karsavina Le Spectre de la Rose

Vaslav Nijinsky and Tamara Karsavina in the 1911 Ballets Russes production Le Spectre de la Rose.

Photograph of (L to R) Pavel Koribut-Kubitovich (cousin of Diaghilev), Mathilda Kshessinka, [?] Trusevich, Juan Miro, Grand Duke Andrei Vladimirovitch, Tamara Karsavina, Alive Nikitina, and Max Ernst

Photograph of (L to R) Pavel Koribut-Kubitovich (cousin of Diaghilev),...

Picryl description: Public domain photograph group portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

The Firebird 1910 Tamara Karsavina

The Firebird 1910 Tamara Karsavina

Ballerina Tamara Karsavina as the firebird in the 1910 Ballets Russes ballet The Firebird. Her costume was designed by Léon Bakst.

Tamara Karsavina as Armide in Pavillon d Armide 1911
Programme Officiel--1919-1920 Ballets Russes

Programme Officiel--1919-1920 Ballets Russes

Program for performances of Les Femmes de Bonne Humeur; La Boutique Fantasque, and Soleil de Nuit, also contains drawings by Picasso, curtain designs for Le Tricorne and La Boutique Fantasque; set design for Le... More

Savelij Sorin - from Catalogo della mostra di belle arti (IA catalogodellamos00inte) (page 477 crop)
Picture of Tamara Karsavina as queen of Shemakhan 1914 by E.O. Hoppe

Picture of Tamara Karsavina as queen of Shemakhan 1914 by E.O. Hoppe

Tamara Karsavina as Queen Shemakhan from "Le Coq d'Or" (1914). Photo by E.O. Hoppe.

Tamara Karsavina Vaslav Nijinsky Giselle 1910

Tamara Karsavina Vaslav Nijinsky Giselle 1910

Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinsky as Giselle and Albrecht in the 1910 Ballets Russes production of Giselle.

Tamara Karsavina in "Firebird" - Public domain portrait photograph

Tamara Karsavina in "Firebird" - Public domain portrait photograph

Public domain scan of a female portrait, woman, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Jacques emile blanche tamara karsavina ballet dancer of the ballets ru d6300422074952)

Jacques emile blanche tamara karsavina ballet dancer of the ballets ru...

Picryl description: Public domain image of a woman, female portrait, free to use, no copyright restrictions.

Tamara Karsavina Petrushka 1911

Tamara Karsavina Petrushka 1911

Tamara Karsavina as the Ballerina Doll in Petrushka Public domain photograph - performance, musical, dance, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Karsavina 005 - A black and white photo of a woman in a dress

Karsavina 005 - A black and white photo of a woman in a dress

Tamara Karsavina. Тамара Карсвина Public domain photograph related to the history of Russia, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Spectre de la rose karsavina and nijinsky 1911

Spectre de la rose karsavina and nijinsky 1911

Photo of Nijinsky and Karsavina in the first performance of "Spectre de la rose", 1911

Tamara Karsavina Scenen 1927

Tamara Karsavina Scenen 1927

Tamara Karsavina (1885-1978) på omslaget till Scenen 1927.

Gruppa-vipusknici-teatralnogo-uchilischa-1902

Gruppa-vipusknici-teatralnogo-uchilischa-1902

Русский: Выпускная группа Театрального училища 1902 г. – Лопухова Е.В., Чернятина, Кякшт Л.Г., Федорова А., Полякова, Прудникова, Карсавина Т.П.English: Graduate class of Imperial Ballet School –Lopukhova E.V... More

Tamara Karsavina Vaslav Nijinsky Giselle 1910 02

Tamara Karsavina Vaslav Nijinsky Giselle 1910 02

Tamara Karsavina and Vaslav Nijinsky as Giselle and Albrecht in the 1910 Ballets Russes production of Giselle.

Programme Officiel--1919-1920 Ballets Russes

Programme Officiel--1919-1920 Ballets Russes

Program for performances of Les Femmes de Bonne Humeur; La Boutique Fantasque, and Soleil de Nuit, also contains drawings by Picasso, curtain designs for Le Tricorne and La Boutique Fantasque; set design for Le... More

Thamarkarsavina

Thamarkarsavina

Magyar: Tamara Karsavina

Photograph of Adolph Bolm and Tamara Karsavina in Schéhérazade, n.d.

Photograph of Adolph Bolm and Tamara Karsavina in Schéhérazade, n.d.

Public domain photograph - historical image of Russian Empire, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Karsavina and Vladimirov, Russian Empire

Karsavina and Vladimirov, Russian Empire

Public domain photograph related to music, performing arts, free to use, no copyright restrictions image - Picryl description

Tamara Karsavina returns to Petrograd 1914

Tamara Karsavina returns to Petrograd 1914

Return of ballerina Tamara Karsavina to Petrograd Русский: Возвращение балерины Тамары Карсавиной в Петроград

Ballet: Tamara Karsavina -circa 1910

Ballet: Tamara Karsavina -circa 1910

Photo of Tamara Platonovna Karsavina, Grand Ballerina of the Tsar's Imperial Ballet, and the Parisian Ballet Russe of Sergei Diaghilev. Taken by an unknown photographer in St. Petersburg, Russia, between 1910 - 1920.

Tamara Karsavina n Fonteyn 'Spectre' 1

Tamara Karsavina n Fonteyn 'Spectre' 1

Tamara Karsavina rehearsing Margot Fonteyn for Le Spectre de la Rose