Princess Poutiatine and the art of ballet in Malta

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At the start of the twentieth century, ballet was viewed as an Italian or French practice. By World War II, it had become a Russian-identified one. Much has been written about the diaspora of Russian ballet talent during the interwar period, but for the most part the discussion has focussed on the most celebrated members of that phenomenon. Through Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel’s Princess Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta, we meet one of the emigration’s lesser-known figures, Princess Nathalie Poutiatine – a woman who transformed the art she could not practice into a quiet, heroic calling. The book unearths a lost history and offers a timely reminder of the privileged life of many who studied ballet in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Russia and how it endured as a part of their identity in exile as well.

Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel is Head of Research and Karsavina Heritage Award Coordinator at the Royal Academy of Dance in London.

CONTENTS

FOREWORD

Russian émigré and ballet in the twentieth century

PREFACE

On ballet histories and cultural identities

PROLOGUE

On ballet, an émigré, and the island

CHAPTER 1

Leaving ‘Mother Russia’

CHAPTER 2

A golden era of ballet

CHAPTER 3

Austerity and a post-war revival

CHAPTER 4

The ballet room of the fifties

CHAPTER 5

Twilight years: an ode to a bygone era

EPILOGUE

On the legacy of ‘princess’

Notes

Biographical Notes

Notes on Costumes

Bibliography

APPENDIX

Writings, programmes, excerpts

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Weight 1460 g
Dimensions 27.5 × 22 cm
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ISBN 9789993277514
Pages 203

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