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Pavlova, Anna (1881-1931) By Casey, Carrie Gaiser

DOI: 10.4324/9781135000356-REM968-1
Published: 09/05/2016
Retrieved: 21 June 2024, from


Considered the most expressively gifted ballerina of her generation, Russian dancer Anna Pavlova introduced ballet to a world audience through 23 years of nearly constant touring. Pavlova’s talent resided in her ability to convey subjective and emotional experience through conventional ballet material, rather than in avant-garde experimentation. While the themes of her ballets pegged her as a traditionalist, Pavlova’s career mirrored forward-thinking trends in dance through her embrace of a freer style, her commitment to popularising ballet worldwide and her experiments with dances from other cultures.

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Casey, Carrie Gaiser. Pavlova, Anna (1881-1931). Routledge Encyclopedia of Modernism, Taylor and Francis,

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