News: Irina Baronova

Friday 4 July 2008

Irina Baronova, dancer with Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and the last of the “Baby Ballerinas” has died at the age of 89 years.

Mary Clarke details an extraordinary life

“the crucial event of her career came in 1932, when George Balanchine selected her and Toumanova, both aged 13, and, from the studio of Mathilde Kschessinskaya, the slightly older (by two years), Riabouchinska, to join the company which he was assembling, with René Blum, to fill the gap left in the Monte Carlo season once filled by Diaghilev’s company.”

Guardian, 8 July.08

Judith Cruickshank discusses Baronova’s technical proficiency
She “appeared as the Top in Léonide Massine’s Jeux d’enfants where she was able to toss off the multiple fouetté turns required with the air of one who did not know they were supposed to be difficult.”

Cruickshank cites Sono Osato as he describes Baronova’s talents as an actress

“She danced flowingly, giving as much importance to the small steps that connected larger ones as she did to a final grand pose. At 15 she was already a remarkable actress, each portrayal of her different roles skilfully thought out.”

Independent, 8 July.08

Baronova’s career spanned both stage and screen,

“Baronova later moved to the United States, where she appeared with the American Ballet Theater and tried her hand in Hollywood, appearing in two films, “Florian” in 1940 and “Yolanda” in 1943.”

Telegraph, 3 July.08

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