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Tales of Hoffman

Ranked, with Red Shoes as a
classic ballet film starring
Incomparable Dame Moira Shearer

Original Belgian Poster 1951

Biography for
Moira Shearer

Mini biography
Moira was born the daughter of Harold V. King in Dunfermline, Scotland. She was educated at Dunfermline High School, Ndola in Rhodesia (Zimbabwe) and Bearsden Academy, Scotland. She received her professional training at the Mayfair School and The Nicholas Legat Studio. She made her debut in the International Ballet with 1941 and then danced at Sadler's Wells in 1942. From 1942 to 1952 she danced all the major classic roles and a full repertoire of revivals and new ballets. Her first ballerina role was Sleeping beauty at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden in 1946. She toured the United States with the Sadler's Wells ballet in 1949 and in 1950/51. She toured as Sally Bowles in "I am a Camera" in 1955 and appeared at the Bristol Old Vic as "Major Barbara" in 1956. Although these performances were the start of her secondary career as an actress, she continued her primary career as a ballerina. She has appeared on TV as a ballerina and as an actress

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Spouse
Ludovic Kennedy (February 1950 - ?)

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Trivia

When her first daughter was born, the Sydney Morning Herald prefaced the article with the heading "Pink Booties for Red Shoes".

She married Ludovic Kennedy in February 1950 at the Chapel Royal in Hampton Court
Palace, London.

She was a principle dancer with the Royal Ballet at Sadler's Wells in London.

Moira and Ludo have one son and three daughters.

Moira was a Member of the Scottish Arts Council, 1971-73

Moira was a Member of the BBC General Advisory Council 1970-77

Moira toured the USA., lecturing on the history of ballet and Sergei Diaghilev between 1977 and 1982.

A joint portrait of Moira Shearer and Ludovic Kennedy by the Israeli artist Avigdor Arikha is now part of the permanent collection of the Scottish National Portrait Gallery.

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Salary
Peeping Tom (1960) £ 2,000 for 6 days over 2 weeks

Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actress, dancer. (b. Jan. 26, 1926, Dunfermline, Scotland, as Moira King.) She only made a handful of films, but no one who's ever seen her as the tragic ballerina of The Red Shoes (1948) will ever forget the beautiful, delicate Moira Shearer. A real-life ballerina who was an international star at age 16, this radiant redhead delivered an exquisite performance under the direction of Powell and Pressburger, who also starred her in their Tales of Hoffman (1951), a less successful but equally intriguing production. She also costarred in The Story of Three Loves (1953). Shearer's fiery hair made her an ideal subject for The Man Who Loved Redheads (1955), a charming comedy that proved she didn't have to dance to be an eminently watchable screen performer. Powell used her again in his controversial, disturbing thriller Peeping Tom (1960), the creepy story of a photographer who records his models' death throes; it has since been cited as having influenced many directors of contemporary horror films. Shearer contributed a lovely ballet sequence, built around Rostand's "Cyrano," to Black Tights (1960); shortly thereafter she married British novelist Ludovic Kennedy and retired from acting (although she did return to the stage during the 1970s).

Carmen Amaya
World's Greatest Spanish / Flamenco Dancer

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Carmen Amaya is considered by many to be one of the greatest flamenco dancers who ever lived. During the peak of her career in the 40's and 50's, she was an international cultural icon who combined fury with tenderness--a wild, exotic woman with the fierce pride of Spain and the uncontrolled vagrancy of the Gypsy spirit.

Carmen Amaya's career began at the age of four and throughout her childhood, she performed alongside her father in the taverns and music halls of Barcelona. By the time she reached her teens, she was on her way to becoming an international success, having received accolades from audiences in Madrid and Paris. With the outbreak of the Spanish Civil War in the 1930's, Amaya traveled the world and achieved her greatest fame in the Americas, mesmerizing audiences from Argentina, Brazil, Cuba, to Mexico and the United States. Fueled by romantic images of Spain, exotic gypsies, toreadors, and dons, the North and South America fell in love with Carmen Amaya--the embodiment of Spanish pride and passion. She made films in Hollywood, appeared on Broadway, danced for Roosevelt and Churchill, and toured the world--often accompanied by the great guitar virtuoso, Sabicas. And though she triumphed on stages all around the world, she always remained true to her Gypsy heritage. Throughout most of her performing life, her huge company was made up almost entirely of her extended family, and they traveled together in the traditional Gypsy way, sharing their luck as well as their hardships. And hardship indeed fell on Carmen Amaya. In 1963 at the age of 50, she died in her native Barcelona of kidney failure.

Flamenco today is deeply indebted to Carmen Amaya. Through her artistry and virtuosity, she effectively altered the history of flamenco dance forever. She crossed the traditional boundaries of flamenco by teaching herself the fast and furious footwork usually reserved for the male dancer. Donning a man's pants and jacket, she skillfully combined the elegance and grace of the female style with the ferocity and high-impact footwork of the male style sending shockwaves through the flamenco world unaccustomed to seeing a passionate and powerful woman in pants dancing a man's dance. Today, her legend lives on. The influence of the proud and passionate Gypsy woman taking her art to its limits is visible today in her great-niece, Omayra Amaya
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Carmen Amaya

Date of birth (location)
2 November 1913,
Barcelona, Spain
Date of death (details)
19 November 1963,
Bagur, Spain. (kidney ailment)
Trivia
Screen, stage actress, flamenco dancer.

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Filmography as: Actress, Miscellaneous crew
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Actress - filmography
Canciones de nuestra vida (1975)
Tarantos, Los (1962)
Música en la noche (1955)
See My Lawyer (1945) .... Specialty
... aka In a Padded Cell (1945) (USA: reissue title)
Amores de un torero, Los (1945)
... aka Luna enamorada, La (1945) (Mexico)
Knickerbocker Holiday (1944) .... Gypsy dancer
Follow the Boys (1944) .... Herself
... aka Three Cheers for the Boys (1944) (USA)
Aires de Andalucía (1942)
Panama Hattie (1942) (uncredited) .... And Her Dance Troupe

María de la O (1936)
Don Viudo de Rodríguez (1936)
Hija de Juan Simón, La (1935) .... Soledad
... aka Juan Simon's Daughter (1935) (International: English title)

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Filmography as: Actress, Miscellaneous crew
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Miscellaneous crew - filmography

Música en la noche (1955) (dancer) (as Carmen Amaya and her flamenco dancers)

 

Natalia Makarova  
Premiere Danseuse Ballerina

Signed Photo

Natalia Makarova
Born in Leningrad (now Saint Petersburg), Nov. 21, 1940, is considered one of the most dramatically enthralling and technically perfect ballerinas of her generation. She graduated from the Leningrad Choreographic School in 1959, and immediately joined the Kirov Ballet company. During the Kirov's initial European tour (1961) she danced her first Giselle in London, to universal critical acclaim. In 1965, Makarova won a gold medal at the Second International Ballet Competition in Varna, Bulgaria. With the Kirov she danced mostly in the full-length classical ballets such as Swan Lake, Sleeping Beauty, and Raymonda.

On Sept. 4, 1970, during another Kirov European tour, Makarova chose to remain in London, giving as her reason a search for artistic freedom. She joined American Ballet Theatre (ABT) that same year, and with the company danced in contemporary works--such as Anthony Tudor's Lilac Garden, Dark Elegies, and Pillar of Fire--as well as in the classics. From 1972 she also danced with Britain's Royal Ballet, with particular success in Kenneth MacMillan's Manon and Sir Frederick Ashton's Cinderella. She staged Act 4 of La Bayadere for ABT in 1974 and in 1980 choreographed and directed the ballet in its entirety. In 1983, Makarova danced in the Broadway musical On Your Toes. She returned to Leningrad for an appearance with the Kirov Ballet in 1989.

 

Vera Zorina
Premiere Danseuse Ballerina
International Ballet Star also in many films
Ballet Russe Star

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Vera Zorina was born in Germany in 1917 as Birgitta Hartwig. Her mother was Norwegian, and she was to make clear in future years that she considered herself to be a Norwegian.
Zorina was brought up in Kristiansund where she debuted as a dancer at the old Festiviteten. She was a star in Europe in the mid 1930s and danced all over the continent and had several tours in the U.S. So acclaimed was she in the West End production of "On Your Toes" in London that Samuel Goldwyn Studios brought her to the U.S. in 1937 (where she has lived since). Her seven films are listed below.
She became a regular on Broadway in a succession of hits. During the 1960s, Zorina scored a success as director of the musical "Cabaret" in Oslo. She continued touring the U.S. until her retirement in the early 1980s. Zorina now lives in New Mexico.


Classically trained dancer who achieved success onstage in the 1930s before making a handful of Hollywood films. Zorina married legendary choreographer George Balanchine in 1938, who successfully guided her in several carefully packaged theatrical showcases before the two of them went to Hollywood for "The Goldwyn Follies" later that year. A leggy, talented dancer and an appropriate vehicle for many of Balanchine's modern-dance innovations, the strong-featured Zorina was a very limited actress who never achieved substantial success in films. In retrospect, her most enjoyable film--and performance--was in the unjustly overlooked tale of cross and double-cross among thieves, "I Was an Adventuress" (1940), in which Zorina was brilliantly supported by Erich von Stroheim and Peter Lorre. In her later years Zorina enjoyed success as an opera and record producer.

 

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Mikhail Baryshnikov
One of the Greatest Dancers All Time!

Autographed Children's story book

Original Signed 8" x 10" Photo
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Co-starred with Shirley Maclaine
Original Signed 8" x 10" Photo

Biography for
Mikhail Baryshnikov

Mini biography
His father was an engineer and his mother a dressmaker. While starring with the Kirov Ballet, he defected to the United States in 1974, joining the American Ballet Theatre. In 1978-9 he danced with George Ballanchine's New York City Ballet. He received an Oscar nomination for his film debut as Yuril in Turning Point, The (1977). He played a defecting Soviet ballet star in White Nights (1985). In 1989 he made his Broadway debut acting in "Metamorphosis". Jessica Lange bore him a daughter, Shura.

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Trivia

Ballet dancer turned actor

Father of 4 children. Live together with girlfriend Lisa Rinehart. Owner of balet troupe "White Oak Dance Project". Hobby is golf. Baryshnikov's and Lange's daughter full first name is Alexandra.

Following his defection in Canada, the first ballet troupe that he performed with was the Royal Winnipeg Ballet Company in Winnipeg, Manitoba, Canada.


Biography from Leonard Maltin's Movie Encyclopedia:
Actor, dancer. (b. Jan. 27, 1947, Riga, Latvia.) Accepted by the prestigious Kirov Ballet at the age of 15, Baryshnikov performed with the troupe from 1966 to 1974, when he defected to Canada. He joined the American Ballet Theatre later that year, and solidified his reputation as one of the world's most celebrated dancers. Turning to film work in 1977, he won an Oscar nomination for his film-debut role as a self-absorbed ballet star in The Turning Point Since that time he has occasionally dabbled in screen acting. White Nights (1985) was concocted as a vehicle for him and tap dancer Gregory Hines, and Dancers (1987) was another hand-tailored script about an amorous ballet star. But Baryshnikov has never achieved real screen stardom to match his stature in the world of dance. Other films: That's Dancing! (1985, as one of the on-camera hosts), The Cabinet of Dr. Ramirez and Company Business a spy thriller (both 1991). The bedroom-eyed Baryshnikov is also well known for his much-publicized romantic liaisons, including one with actress Jessica Lange, with whom he fathered a daughter, Alexandra.
 

Maria Tallchief
Full-blood American Indian who became
America's Premiere Danseuse Ballerina
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3.5" x 5.5" SIGNED Original Vintage Postcard.
Dated on reverse 4-8-71

Born a mixed-blood named Betty Marie Tall Chief, daughter of an Osage father and Scotch-Irish mother, Maria Tallchief spent eight years in the Indian lands of northeastern Oklahoma. She was born in the small town of Fairfax, Oklahoma in 1925.

Like so many Oklahomans, her family moved to Los Angeles in 1933. She enjoyed music and dancing, and practiced being a star -- a considerably challenging dream for a Native American child in those days.

Reporting her story would be interesting, regardless of her accomplishments. She would surely have fascinating experiences as she looked back at her mixed Indian and European heritage, her eight years in the Osage Hills north of Tulsa, her journey to California and life among the many people in Los Angeles. After all, those were the days when people became rich with oil fields and poor with dusty crops.

Of her childhood she wrote, "I was a good student and fit in at Sacred Heart (Catholic School). But in many ways, I was a typical Indian girl -- shy, docile, introverted. I loved being outdoors and spent most of my time wandering around my big front yard, where there was an old swing and a garden. I'd also ramble around the grounds of our summer cottage hunting for arrowheads in the grass. Finding one made me shiver with excitement. Mostly, I longed to be in the pasture, running around where the horses were..."

But, there's more. She became a "Woman of Two Worlds."

The Osage Nation became rich from the oil found beneath their land. Young Betty Marie vacationed with her family in Colorado Springs, where she attended a ballet lesson at the Broadmore Hotel.

She followed her dream to be a ballerina. Studying with Bronislava Nijinska for five years led to a nervous appearance at the Hollywood Bowl. Madame Nijinska's philosophy of discipline made sense to Tallchief. "When you sleep, sleep like ballerina. Even on street waiting for bus, stand like ballerina." Betty Marie continued to work hard and mastered technical skills well beyond her years.

A refined professional, Maria Tallchief, as she called herself, left Los Angeles at the age of 17 and auditioned in New York City. She joined the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and quickly rose to the status of featured soloist.

Choreographer, George Balanchine wrote several of his most famous works for her and the two briefly married. She performed for the New York City Ballet from 1947 to 1960, where Balanchine was the principal choreographer.

Her performance of Balanchine's Firebird in 1949 and their earlier collaboration at the Paris Opera elevated Maria Tallchief onto the world stage. She received high praise from critics for her performances in France and Russia.

Much of the world had never seen anything like Maria Tallchief. Admired by millions, she became America's preeminent dancer, a Prima Ballerina, and in 1953, President Dwight Eisenhower declared her "Woman of the Year." When the Governor of Oklahoma honored her that same year for her international achievements and her proud Native American identity, Maria Tallchief was named Wa-Xthe-Thomba, "Woman of Two Worlds."

She continued to dance with the American Ballet Theatre through 1965, when her retirement saddened the artistic world.

Throughout her career, Maria Tallchief managed an intense rehearsal and performance schedule, and taught at the School for American Ballet in New York City. Following her retirement, she continued to give her creative talents to the art by directing at the Lyric Opera Ballet of Chicago.

With her sister Marjorie, she founded the Chicago City Ballet in 1981 and served as its artistic director through 1987.

Maria Tallchief was honored as one of America's most revered artists by the Kennedy Center in 1996, along with prize-winning playwright Edward Albee and music legend Benny Carter.

But all of her fame and glory never changed her understanding of her culture. She always admired the Osage ceremonial dances and the ways of her ancestors. She reported being upset by teasing that she and other Native American children suffered.

She researched the history and origin of her tribe, learning how they came to reside in Oklahoma. Of the terror her tribe and her own relatives experienced she wrote, "Cousin Pearl was an orphan, and our family was concerned for her well-being. When she was small, her house had been firebombed and everyone inside killed, murdered for their headrights (oil royalties paid to each member of the Osage Nation). Pearl's situation was not uncommon. In the 1920s, villainous White men married into Osage families, then poisoned their wives or shot them in order to get their money, another example of the slaughter of Indians that is a notorious chapter of U.S. history."

Tallchief's ideals and many accomplishments have strong influence on young scholars today.

A 10-year-old student from Burbank, California, who enjoys sharing the same first name with the famous dancer, wrote to Maria Tallchief, "You made a great impact on the world and on me with your great talent."

In a school report published on the Internet, a fourth grade student named Veronica wrote, "She is still alive right this minute and inspiring young people to do ballet."


-- Mark D. Lacy
 

 

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Rudolf Nureyev
20th Century Ballet Great!

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Original Vintage poster 39" X 55"
Ulanova 1957

The Bolshoi Ballet
The very name is synonymous with perfection. During the Bolshoi Ballet's first tours abroad in the mid-20th century, Western audiences were brought to their feet by the Bolshoi style; thrilling athleticism that never lost the essential beauty of the dance. It is a company geared to massive endeavour, one of the marvels of the ballet world.

The company are based at the Bolshoi Petrovsky Theatre in Moscow, one of the largest theatres in Europe and truly magnificent. The Bolshoi have made a significant contribution to ballet over the years and established themselves as a great force of international stature.

 

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Original Vintage poster 39" X 55" on oaktag
Margot Fonteyn & Nureyev 1966

The Royal Ballet has an exceptional heritage and a limitless future.

Dame Ninette de Valois founded the company with a thoroughly contemporary vision, creating radical new ballets herself and engaging the most adventurous Choreographers of the day. It is clear from the repertory of those early years that Dame Ninette saw ballet as a continuum, with its heritage forming a springboard for the present and future. As the Company's sixth Director, I believe that Dame Ninette's vision is still an ideal one for The Royal Ballet.

The Royal Ballet has a fine repertory of full-length and one-act ballets, and I am proud to present several of the company's signature works this season, placed in their international context through the complementary selection of outstanding ballets from the world repertory. The programmes of one-act ballets are designed to illuminate the similarities and differences that arise from different artistic influences and different cultural environments.

However, my main aim has been to present ballet as a fascinating and enjoyable art form, one which can express our most intimate thoughts and enhance our understanding of the world. I hope this season brings you all the enchantment, inspiration and fulfilment that ballet can offer.
 

Vintage Original 3.5" x 5" Postcard Signed in Ink

Original one-sheet poster 21" x 47"
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Two Original Vintage 11 x 14 lobby cards from an early ballet movie
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11 x 14 Original Vintage Lobby cards from 1977 movie "Nureyev is Valentino"
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Rudolf Nureyev

Mini biography
He was educated at the Leningrad Ballet School and starred with Kirov Ballet. His first film was a USSR short "Le Corsaire" (1958). While performing in Paris in 1961 he defected to the West. He then performed internationally, becoming an Austrian citizen in 1982. The English/French documentary "I Am a Dancer" (1972, "Un Danceur: Rudolph Nureyev"), directed by Pierre Jourdan featured him and his long-time partner Margot Fonteyn. He played Rudolph Valentino in the film "Valentino" (1977) and Daniel Jelline in "Exposed" (1983), his last film. In 1982 he starred in the US stage revival of "The King and I".

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MORE (from the American Ballet Theatre, All Rights Reserved

: Soviet-born ballet dancer Rudolf Nureyev was one of the most celebrated dancers of the 20th century and the first male superstar of the ballet world since Vaslav Nijinsky. He mesmerized audiences with spectacular leaps and turns, but it was his passionate temperament and flamboyance onstage and off that made him a phenomenon. Nureyev, who was of Tatar descent, was reared in Moscow and Ufa, where he studied dance and apprenticed with the Ufa Ballet. He was an outstanding but rebellious student at the Leningrad Ballet School from 1955 to 1958, when he bypassed the corps de ballet and graduated directly to solo roles with the Kirov Ballet. Three years later, on June 17, 1961, while on tour with the Kirov in Paris, he eluded Soviet security guards and requested asylum from officials at Le Bourget airport. In the following months he performed in Paris, New York City, London, and Chicago, but he reached a turning point in 1962 when he partnered the British Royal Ballet's acclaimed ballerina Margot Fonteyn, who was 19 years his senior. Nureyev's fiery virtuosity proved to be a perfect counterpoint to Fonteyn's elegant maturity, and their long partnership rejuvenated her career and established his. Despite his association with the Royal Ballet as a "permanent guest artist" for 20 years, Nureyev was not formally affiliated with the dance company. He worked as a guest artist around the world, both as a dancer and later as a choreographer. In the 1970s Nureyev branched into other performing arts. He appeared on television and in motion pictures, he also toured the U.S. as the King of Siam in a revival of the Broadway musical The King and I, and he even tried his hand at conducting. Although he became an Austrian citizen in 1982, he lived mainly in Paris, where he was director and principal choreographer of the Paris Opera Ballet. In 1989 he danced in the Soviet Union for the first time since his defection. Nureyev made his last public appearance in October 1992, taking a bow at the Paris premiere of his new production of La Bayadere.
Nureyev died in 1993, in Paris, France.

Here's a link to some very interesting stuff about Rudolf Nureyev from the Freedom of Information Act -- http://foia.fbi.gov/nureyev.htm (it requires that you have Acrobad Reader on your computer in order to read the text relating to suspected spy activity.

 

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