March 17~

Nat King Cole (1919-1965)
art:  William P. Gottlieb Library of Congress
bio: http://www.allmusic.com/artist/nat-king-cole-mn0000317093/biography
video: https://youtu.be/kGq7sgfYk1o

 

 

 

 

 

 

Rudolph Nureyev (1938-1993)
art: Jamie Wyeth
Brandywine River Museum of Art
bio: http://russiapedia.rt.com/prominent-russians/opera-and-ballet/rudoph-nureyev/
video: https://youtu.be/qG7JvpPGdEU

The Artwork of Nijinsky~

nijinskySource: Art Found Out: “Vaslav Nijinsky – in Raw Vision magazine”

For a short period of time, 1918-19, not long before mental illness completely overtook his life, Vaslav Nijinsky created a small body of drawings and paintings…The largest collection of this Nijinsky’s art is in the collection of the Foundation John Neumeier. Neumeier is a dancer, choreographer, and the director of the Hamburg Ballet.
http://artfoundout.blogspot.com/2014/05/vaslav-nijinsky-unknown-paintings.html

Nijinsky: A Dance with Madness
ARTS ABROAD; At the Altar of Nijinsky, Elusive Firebird and Faun

February 8~ First Opera in North America

On February 8, 1735, a ballad opera called “Flora” premiered in Charleston, South Carolina, in a makeshift theatre — going down in recorded history as the first opera of any kind to be produced in North America.
http://www.npr.org/2011/05/20/136469565/flora-an-18th-century-british-invasion
http://www.odl.ox.ac.uk/balladoperas/what.php

On February 8, 1895 a new four-act production of “Swan Lake”, with choreography by Lev Ivanov and Marius Petipa, premiered  in St Petersburg. This 1895 revival of Swan Lake has served as the basis for nearly every production since.
http://californiaballet.org/repertoire/swan-lake/
http://www.roh.org.uk/news/petipa-and-ivanov-the-dance-partnership-that-saved-swan-lake