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Helen

25-11-00, 05:18 PM (GMT)
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"Ballet memorabilia"
 
   Jim has a pair of Darcey's pointe shoes; I have a rose that Nureyev gave me - once white, now brown and very dead. I waited for it to come to life and dance with me, but it didn't, so I pressed it. On the Markova thread, I recounted how Markova sent me a personal signed photo after I met her as a child.

Do any other readers have any ballet memorabilia? Interesting autographs, anything with a story behind it? The rose from Nureyev doesn't really have a personal story - he handed them out to everybody within reach at the stage door after a performance of Marguerite and Armand. It means a lot to me, though - a vaguely concrete connection with one of ballet's greatest legends. With the Fonteyn memorabilia auction coming up in December, I thought this might be an appropriate topic.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Ballet memorabilia Shirley 25-11-00 1
     RE: Ballet memorabilia Bruce Madmin 25-11-00 2
  RE: Ballet memorabilia Bruce Madmin 26-11-00 3
     RE: Ballet memorabilia Helen 26-11-00 4
         RE: Ballet memorabilia Bruce Madmin 27-11-00 5
     RE: Ballet memorabilia Jim 30-11-00 12
  RE: Ballet memorabilia Richard 27-11-00 6
     RE: Ballet memorabilia Stephanie Wragg 27-11-00 7
         RE: Ballet memorabilia Trogadmin 27-11-00 8
             RE: Ballet memorabilia Bruce Madmin 28-11-00 9
  RE: Ballet memorabilia viviane 30-11-00 10
  RE: Ballet memorabilia Jim 30-11-00 11
     RE: Ballet memorabilia Shirley 03-12-00 13
         RE: Ballet memorabilia Caz 03-12-00 14

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Shirley

25-11-00, 05:37 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   I also have a pair Darcey's pointe shoes (well one of the pair - Jenny technically owns one as well) from her performaces of La Bayadere in St. Petersburg with The Kirov.

Reminds me of that special trip.


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Bruce Madmin

25-11-00, 06:25 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   Two go mad in St P's...


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Bruce Madmin

26-11-00, 02:39 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   I have a few odds and end - some great signed shoes from Miyako, Viv, Darcey, Wendy, Chloe to name a few(!)... and then some tutu's (Miyako Yoshida and Revenna Tucker) bought at a BRB Friends sale. In the same sale I remember trying to get the Robert Parker jock strap for Jane!! (alas it went for too much)

Also a hastily scrawled note from Sylvie when I went to interview her in Helsinki. My cutlery is ex ROH (the old place not the new) silver plate, as are my coffee cups (er.. and I did pay for them!). And I have some red lampshades from CG as well. Not to mention one of the high seats from a box and a toilet 'this way' sign! And some rubles from the Bolshoi...

And then there is my collection of tin ballet dancers. They work on the gyroscopic principal would you believe - here is an example:

(I'm trying to get enough of them to put on a Swan Lake!)


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Helen

26-11-00, 10:14 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   Bruce, you could open a museum! I like the tin dancer. What date is she, and is she English or American?


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Bruce Madmin

27-11-00, 01:13 AM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   >Bruce, you could open a museum!
>I like the tin dancer.
>What date is she, and
>is she English or American?
>

She is actually a Balanchine babe! - made by the famous Marx company in the USA. I think they were produced in the 30's and 50's. However the original toy was German (from the 1930's) and I have a few of those as well. They tend to be a little more subdued in colour. And then there is the Italian copy...



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Jim

30-11-00, 01:38 PM (GMT)
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12. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   >And then there is my collection
>of tin ballet dancers. They
>work on the gyroscopic principal

Bruce, bearing in mind Stuart's axiom "Ballet is where rich old men go to look at posh girls' knickers" - what exactly has that tin dancer got under her dress


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Richard

27-11-00, 11:50 AM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   I have a piece of memorabilia you might find quite interesting. It's a prop of an orange from The Firebird which was kissed by Margot Fonteyne and thrown into the audience during a 1950's production at Covent Garden. It still bears Margot Fonteyne's red lipstick marks. It was kindly given to me by a lady who was in the audience at the time.


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Stephanie Wragg

27-11-00, 12:32 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   Wow what amazing stories!

I hope you all mainatin a sense of proporation however: I am sure you have heard of the story about the fans of Marie Taglioni getting together for soup...made from soaking her ballet slippers???!!!!


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Trogadmin

27-11-00, 02:57 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   I love Bruce's tin ballerina!

Not really memorabilia, but I have a couple of limited edition prints by Glynis Barnes-Mellish. One is of Leticia Muller and the other of her and Michael O'Hare. Both are in rehearal for "Far from the Madding Crowd". They are signed by the artist and Leticia and Michael. If you go to this web site http://www.artistick.co.uk/ports.html you can see them. Copies used to hang in the Hippodrome in Birmingham, and I fell in love with them. At the time I couldn't afford to buy them. Last year I was in a position to be able to afford them, and spent a lot of time tracking them down. Both of mine have the same number even though I bought them several weeks apart.


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Bruce Madmin

28-11-00, 09:04 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   If I have it right here are Trogs pictures....

and the link to the site again
http://www.artistick.co.uk/ports.html


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viviane

30-11-00, 09:44 AM (GMT)
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10. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   I don't have exciting twirling ballerina's on offer
but just this little story.
My daughter had an audition at a vocational school.
Her teacher asked to take with us a Russian envelope, a memento on Anna Pavlova.
In fact I was to nervous to think about this and just put it in my handbag.
During her audition I had to wait in the library.
I just chose one off the numerous seats and...had a warm-unearthly-feeling realizing that I was in front of a very extensive bookcollection on...Anna Pavlova.
Believe me, normally I'm quite down-to-earth !
Needless to tell that my daughter was accepted ?


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Jim

30-11-00, 01:34 PM (GMT)
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11. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   >Do any other readers have any ballet memorabilia? Interesting
> autographs

I have several autographs of Fonteyn and Nureyev, Nadia Nerina, Merle Park and dancers of that era. But by far my best memorabilium is having my hand squeezed by Beryl Grey during the De Valois gala at the Barbican


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Shirley

03-12-00, 11:42 AM (GMT)
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13. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   Any Darcey fans have a chance to win their own ballet memorabilia.

If you go to her site http://www.darceybussell.com you can win a pair of her old pointe shoes.


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Caz

03-12-00, 12:44 PM (GMT)
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14. "RE: Ballet memorabilia"
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   Well I've got various assorted ballet bits and pieces, but two of my faves are a signed photo of Moria Shearer and the original release notes and press photos for the film 'The Royal Ballet' starring Margot Fonteyn.


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