Irina Baronova
Ballerina
Irina Baronova
Irina Mikhailovna Baronova FRAD was a Russian ballerina who was one of the Baby Ballerinas of the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, discovered by George Balanchine in Paris in the 1930s. She created roles in Léonide Massine's Le Beau Danube (1924), Jeux d'enfants (1932), and Les Présages (1933); and in Bronislava Nijinska's Les Cent Baisers (1935).
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Royal Ballet School, Royal Opera House, London - Financial Times
Google News - over 5 years
The most senior students were in their late teens – and I recalled for a moment those “baby ballerinas” of the Ballets Russes in the 1930s (and especially of my friend Irina Baronova) who were called upon to head a ballet company and undertake leading
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Book Review: René Blum and the Ballets Russes by Judith Chazin-Bennahum - California Literary Review
Google News - over 5 years
Balanchine was given the initiative to produce new works and three young Russian dancers, the “Baby Ballerinas” Irina Baronova, Tatiana Riabouchinska and Tamara Toumanova made a sensational debut. Balanchine lasted a year. A hard-driving choreographer,
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Irina Baronova, Ballet Star, Dies at 89
NYTimes - over 8 years
Irina Baronova, an international ballet star who was one of three celebrated prodigies known as the ''baby ballerinas'' after George Balanchine discovered them in Paris in the 1930s, died on Saturday at her home in Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia. She was 89. Her death was confirmed by her daughter, the actress Victoria Tennant. Australian
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DANCE; The War of the Russes, Ballet's Fabled Troupe
NYTimes - almost 10 years
NOW, just weeks from the start of the spring seasons of New York City Ballet and American Ballet Theater, is as good a time as any to consider the Americanization of classical dance. Again and again, the story has been told through George Balanchine, who came, saw and conquered. But there was ballet in the United States before Balanchine got here.
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Baby Ballerina
NYTimes - over 10 years
IRINA Ballet, Life and Love. By Irina Baronova. Illustrated. 534 pp. University Press of Florida. $34.95. THE Ballets Russes are back. Not, to be sure, Sergei Diaghilev's renowned company, but the troupes that formed after his death in 1929. Last year saw the release of Dan Geller and Dayna Goldfine's superb film, ''Ballets Russes,'' which features
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CRITIC'S NOTEBOOK; In the Complex World of Ballet, It's Youth That Soars
NYTimes - about 11 years
Ballet is a young person's game. If you reach 40 and are still dancing principal roles, you're considered some kind of quirk of nature -- or resented by younger dancers for blocking their potential career paths. This emphasis on youth is disadvantageous if you admire dance forms, particularly Asian ones, in which the mature refinements of artistry
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FILM REVIEW; After Diaghilev, a Deluge of Ballets Russes
NYTimes - over 11 years
In 1929 Serge Diaghilev, whose name is pretty much synonymous with ballet impresario, died in Venice. His passing left a void not only at his famed company, the Ballets Russes, but also in the larger world of dance. The companies that tried to fill that void -- and that spread midcentury balletomania to Australia, South America and the United
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Tatiana Riabouchinska, 83, Ballerina and Disney Model
NYTimes - over 16 years
Tatiana Riabouchinska, an international ballet star who was the model for the dancing hippopotamus in the 1940 film ''Fantasia'' and the oldest of the three ''baby ballerinas'' who brought fame to the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo in the 1930's, died on Aug. 24 in Los Angeles. She was 83 and lived in Los Angeles. Ms. Riabouchinska began her ballet
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DANCE; A Happy Gathering of the Ballets Russes
NYTimes - over 16 years
EVERYONE kissed everyone else and the kisses were wonderful to behold. People kissed on lecture platforms, in a hotel lobby, at an art gallery, at receptions. There were delighted cries of, ''My dear, I haven't seen you for 50 years!'' And the remark was not hyperbole. Happy tears flowed like Champagne. Champagne also flowed. All this happened at
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Tamara Toumanova, 77, Ballerina, Dies
NYTimes - over 20 years
Tamara Toumanova, a child-prodigy ballerina of the 1930's who became familiar to American audiences as one of the most glamorous stars of 20th-century dance, died on Wednesday at the Santa Monica Hospital in Santa Monica, Calif. She was 77 and lived in Beverly Hills. She died after a brief illness, said John Taras, a friend. By the time she was 13,
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WEDDINGS;Victoria Tennant, Kirk J. Stambler
NYTimes - almost 21 years
Victoria Tennant, an actress in New York and Los Angeles, was married on Monday to Kirk Justin Stambler, an entertainment lawyer. Mayor Bruno Margras of Gustavia, St.-Barthelemy, officiated at the Town Hall there. The bride appeared in the film "L.A. Story" with Steve Martin, who was then her husband, and in the television mini-series "The Winds of
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A Revolutionary 1923 Ballet Goes Home to Russia at Last
NYTimes - over 21 years
"Les Noces," one of the most celebrated ballets of the 20th century, finally came home on Saturday to the city that helped inspire it, more than 70 years after the choreographer Bronislava Nijinska's abstract, architectural work was first performed in Paris. Created in collaboration with the composer Igor Stravinsky and the designer Natalia
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ART; Drawings and Storyboards Unearth Memories of 'Fantasia'
NYTimes - almost 26 years
BECAUSE of a theft on March 3, the Museum of Cartoon Art's "Fantasia" show is missing five pieces. They are two watercolors and a celluloid featuring Mickey Mouse as the Sorcerer's Apprentice; a caricature of the animator Vladimir Tytla as the devil in "Night on Bald Mountain" and a photostat of rooftops from the same sequence. All of them belong
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How 'Cotillon' Was Reborn
NYTimes - over 28 years
LEAD: When George Balanchine was named the first ballet master and choreographer of the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo - the company formed to fill the void left by the collapse of Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1929 - he immediately set about recruiting new dancers. For the troupe's 1932 debut season, he engaged Tamara Toumanova and Irina
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17 NATIONS SEND DANCERS TO CONTEST
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The New York International Ballet Competition officially begins today with the arrival of dancers from 17 nations. A good two years of work went into planning the event, but the last few days have been filled with last-minute problems - and triumphs. The New York International Ballet Competition officially begins today with the arrival of
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A GUIDE TO SUMMER FESTIVALS OF DANCE
NYTimes - over 29 years
LEAD: The following is a selective list of summer dance festivals and events. It is national in scope but concentrates on the Northeast. New York City The following is a selective list of summer dance festivals and events. It is national in scope but concentrates on the Northeast. New York City AGLAIA DANCE PRODUCTIONS New and established young
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YOUNG DANCERS WILL VIE FOR HONORS
NYTimes - over 32 years
The international ballet competition has come, at last, to New York City. Tomorrow is the start of New York International Ballet Competition Week, an event proclaimed by Mayor Koch in acknowledgement of the fact that, beginning Tuesday, 38 young dancers from 13 countries (including 10 from the United States) will be dancing for medals at City
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Judges Chosen for Ballet Competition
NYTimes - over 32 years
Eight judges have been selected for the first New York International Ballet Competition, which will take place at City Center from June 26 through July 2. They are Yvette Chauvire, former prima ballerina of the Paris Opera; Krasimira Koldamova, ballerina of the Bulgarian Ballet; Asami Maki, director of Tokyo's Asami Maki Ballet Company; Vincente
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DANCE VIEW; THE 'BALLETS RUSSES' LEGACY
NYTimes - over 33 years
As the 1983 dance season goes into its final quarter, a special anniversary should not go unnoticed. It will soon be 50 years since the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo performed in the United States for the first time at the St. James Theater in New York on Dec. 22, 1933. The same half-century mark holds true for London, where this once-glamorous and
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Irina Baronova
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 2008
    Age 88
    Only five weeks before her death, she spoke at a symposium in Adelaide, South Australia, on the Ballets Russes tours of Australia. She died in Byron Bay on June 28, 2008, aged 89.
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  • 2000
    Age 80
    Baronova's daughter Irina moved to Byron Bay, New South Wales, Australia, and, after visiting her in 2000, Baronova decided to settle there as well.
    More Details Hide Details Baronova appeared in the 2005 documentary Ballets Russes. In the same year she published her autobiography, Irina: Ballet, Life and Love, which she wrote in longhand despite having lost much of her sight. Baronova was a Fellow of the Royal Academy of Dance (FRAD) and its vice-president; she was also a patron of the Australian Ballet School.
  • 1996
    Age 76
    In 1996 she received a Vaslav Nijinsky Medal from Poland and an honorary doctorate from the North Carolina School of the Arts.
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  • 1992
    Age 72
    In 1992 she returned to Russia to help the Mariinsky Theatre with an archival project.
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  • 1986
    Age 66
    In 1986 she staged Fokine's Les Sylphides for The Australian Ballet.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1976
    Age 56
    She returned to teaching master classes in the United States and United Kingdom in 1976.
    More Details Hide Details Margot Fonteyn asked her to conduct a training course for teachers.
  • FORTIES
  • 1967
    Age 47
    In 1967, Cecil Tennant was killed in a car accident, and Baronova moved to Switzerland.
    More Details Hide Details Later, she resumed her relationship with her first husband, Jerry Sevastianov, who died in 1974.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1946
    Age 26
    Her marriage to Sevastianov ended in divorce, and in Britain in 1946 she met the agent Cecil Tennant, who asked her to marry him if she would give up ballet.
    More Details Hide Details Aged only 27, she agreed, and retired. Between 1940 and 1951, Baronova appeared in several films, including Ealing Studios Train of Events (1949) and worked as ballet mistress for the 1980 film Nijinsky. Baronova and Tennant had three children, Victoria, Irina and Robert. Through Victoria, she became the mother-in-law of Steve Martin. In 2014, Victoria published a pictorial biography of her mother's life titled Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1937
    Age 17
    On tour in Barcelona in 1937, she bought Miky a friend, whom she named Piki.
    More Details Hide Details From then on, Irina toured with her two monkeys and they lived with her happily for the next nine years. At age 17, she eloped with an older Russian, German ("Jerry" or "Gerry") Sevastianov. They had a church wedding in Sydney, Australia, two years later, when she was on tour. She joined the Ballet Theatre in the USA, under the patronage of Sol Hurok.
  • 1932
    Age 12
    The crucial point in Baronova's career came in 1932, just a few months short of her thirteenth birthday.
    More Details Hide Details She, along with two other girls, Tamara Toumanova, 12, and Tatiana Riabouchinska, 14, were hired by George Balanchine to become ballerinas in the newly formed Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. Their extreme youth and technical perfection won them fame around the world. During their first season in London with the Ballet Russe, English critic Arnold Haskell coined for Tamara Toumanova, Tatiana Riabouchinska and Irina Baronova, the term “Baby Ballerinas”. Baronova's first principal role was Odette in Swan Lake, partnered by Anton Dolin, which she performed at just 14 years old. Irina was an animal lover, and travelled the world with her pet marmoset, Miky.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1930
    Age 10
    Baronova made her debut aged 11 at the Paris Opera in 1930.
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  • 1927
    Age 7
    Irina’s mother, who loved the ballet and often attended the theater in St. Petersburg, found a ballet teacher in Bucharest for Irina. In 1927, at the age of seven, Irina began taking her first ballet lessons.
    More Details Hide Details Mme. Majaiska, who was a former corps de ballet member of the Maryinsky Theatre Ballet, and a refugee like the Baronovas, conducted these ballet lessons. The lessons took place in Mme. Majaiska’s one room house, where Irina would hold onto the kitchen table as a barre, and was accompanied by her mother’s humming as music. When Irina was 10 years old, the family moved to Paris to provide her with professional training. She was taught by Olga Preobrajenska. She also studied with fellow ballerina Mathilde Kschessinska.
  • 1919
    Born
    Born on March 13, 1919.
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