Anna Pávlovna: the delicate swan of Russian ballet

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Anna Pávlovna: the delicate swan of Russian ballet


El 12 of February 1881 the famous Russian ballet dancer of the early twentieth century is born, Anna Pavlovna Pavlova.

As a child she was rejected from the Imperial Ballet School because of her young age.

However, years later she was admitted achieving a notable presence in the Mariinsky Theater together with Pável Gerdt, Christian Johansson and Eugenia Sokolova.

That was how in 1899 he debuted with the Vestal Virgin, where he remained until the age of 16.

Later he was part of the Russian Ballets with Sergey Diáguilev touring Europe until he finally opened his own company.

The Swan's Death

His skills in choreography and as an actress catapulted his career essentially in the interpretation of romantic ballets

In 1919, he toured Mexico being one of the first classical dancers to execute the Tapatio syrup, dressed in poblana china.

This completely changed the ideal of the dancers.

His most famous number was The Swan's Death, under the choreography of Michel Fokine and musicalized by Camille Saint-Saëns.

It opened in 1905 in St. Petersburg and presented at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York five years later.

Other interpretations in which he highlighted were Swan Lake, Giselle, The Sylphs y Coppélia.

He died of pleurisy in The Hague, the Netherlands, a few days before his 50th birthday, while on tour.

His last wish was to get his suit on The Swan's Death.

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