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David Davies

12-10-01, 02:32 PM (GMT)
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"Anna Pavlova's House"
 
   Please, can anyone tell me where in Golders Green to find Anna Pavlova's house? I think the house that she lived in is called Ivy House, and I wonder if it is ever open to the public. At least, I certainly hope there is a blue plaque on it.


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  Subject     Author     Message Date     ID  
  RE: Anna Pavlova's House Jim 12-10-01 1
     RE: Anna Pavlova's House Viviane 12-10-01 2
         RE: Anna Pavlova's House David Davies 15-10-01 3
             RE: Anna Pavlova's House Viviane 15-10-01 4
                 RE: Anna Pavlova's House patricia meja 15-10-01 5
                     RE: Anna Pavlova's House Viviane 15-10-01 6
                     RE: Anna Pavlova's House Penny Kirkwood 15-10-01 7
                         RE: Anna Pavlova's House Phil Belfield 16-10-01 8
                             RE: Anna Pavlova's House Karen 19-10-01 9

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Jim

12-10-01, 02:40 PM (GMT)
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1. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   You should have no problem finding it David. I think all you need is here:

http://www.adpa.mdx.ac.uk/campus/Ivy_House/index.html


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Viviane

12-10-01, 03:59 PM (GMT)
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2. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   LAST EDITED ON 12-10-01 AT 04:04 PM (GMT)

...and visiting-hours on Artsworld :
http://www.artsworld.com/dance/venues/p-t/pavlova-memorial-museum-london.html

I wonder : has someone visited the house and can tell us something about it ?


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David Davies

15-10-01, 09:31 AM (GMT)
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3. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   I was able to make the pilgrimage on Saturday afternoon. Ivy House is a rambling villa of mixed architectural styles, set in a romantically overgrown garden, and proudly displays a blue plaque proclaiming this to be Anna Pavlova's residence.

Ivy House is now home to the theatre arts faculty of Middlesex University. The faculty also occupies several wooden buildings in the grounds of Ivy House, including a small theatre.

Sadly, Artsworld's website notice that Ivy House is open to the public on Saturday afternoons is not correct. There is nothing at the house to indicate that it is ever open, or that it contains a Pavlova collection of any kind, although I believe the house does have a small museum.

But it is possible to walk around the outside of Ivy House and into the sloping garden, with wonderful views across London. And set in the centre of a small pond at the bottom of the garden, is a sculpture of Anna Pavlova as the dying swan. Here I passed, in perfect tranquility, the last afternoon of a dying summer.

Thank you, Jim and Vivianne.


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Viviane

15-10-01, 12:15 PM (GMT)
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4. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   >Here I passed, in perfect tranquility, the last afternoon
>of a dying summer.

David, your pelgrimage seems to have ended in a moody state of mind ! What a pity that the provided info wasn't correct.
Nevertheless, I hope to be able to go and see the house myself one day.
(I'm a 'rambling villa'-addict )
Thank you for your report !



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patricia meja

15-10-01, 12:35 PM (GMT)
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5. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   does that mean that the lazzarinis no longer operate the little 'museum' on saturday afternoons? 15 years ago i went on a saturday afternoon. at that time the house was being used by a polytechnic. the museum was in one room upstairs. during the week it was used as a classroom. all the exhibits were stored during the week and brought out on saturdays (not wonderful if things were fragile, i should think) and stored away at the end of the day. one saw her dressing table, shoes, a sash given to her on her graduation, papers, etc. john lazzarini showed me a little of the house and pointed out some parts that were essentially unchanged, as well as an area that housed her studio. i went out to stand on the small balcony at the back and looked at the grounds sloping away toward the pond with its little statue of her (and recalled seeing the films of her having tea on that very balcony and feeding her swans in that pond). i had gotten lost on my way there and stopped into a pub and asked if anyone knew the way to ivy house and a burly fellow said 'oh that's where the ballet dancer lived!" and pointed me in the right direction!


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Viviane

15-10-01, 01:56 PM (GMT)
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6. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   LAST EDITED ON 15-10-01 AT 02:13 PM (GMT)

LAST EDITED ON 15-10-01 AT 02:06 PM (GMT)

another story about visiting the house :
http://www.1september.ru/ru/eng/2001/02/2.htm

and even a picture of Pavlova an her swans at Ivy House :
http://www.e-onegin.com/dancer/pavlova/main1-pavlova.html

Oh no ! Now I found on the University website that the "Ivy-house"-site is "due to close by Autumn 2002" !
Really hope this will not have consequences for the Pavlova-house...but it sounds not very promising


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Penny Kirkwood

15-10-01, 06:56 PM (GMT)
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7. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   I visited Ivy House several times in the 1980's (always on Saturday afternoons) as a member of the Pavlova Society which was run by John Lazzarini. As well as being able to view the exhibits we were also shown films of Pavlova. I'm not sure what happened to the Society - letters were unanswered, so I just assumed it had folded. There used to be a service on the anniversary of Pavlova's death each year, held at the Russian Orthodox Cathedral in London. I believe it was paid for from the estate of Victor Dandre - does anyone know if it still takes place?


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Phil Belfield

16-10-01, 05:38 PM (GMT)
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8. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   I actually studied at Ivy House just after Middlesex Poly became a University and indeed the Dramatic Art and Stage Management courses were based there. It is finally closing as part of the University next year but I have no idea what is happening - surely it can't be redeveloped in any major way (can it ?!).

There was indeed a rather ad-hoc museum there at the time that opened on a Saturday only but this has long since closed unfortunately. The garden and pond were always a joy and still very evocative. Fingers crossed it isn;t soon to be lost as a memorial to pavlova !!


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Karen

19-10-01, 06:39 AM (GMT)
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9. "RE: Anna Pavlova's House"
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   Does anybody know what has become of John and Bertie Lazzarini? I used to know them way back when - in the 70s.


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