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Photograph - Thamar

Thamar

  • Object:

    Photograph

  • Place of origin:

    Rome (photographed)

  • Date:

    1920s (photographed)

  • Artist/Maker:

    Bragaglia, Arturo, born 1893 - died 1962 (photographer)

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Photograph on card

  • Credit Line:

    Gabrielle Enthoven Collection

  • Museum number:

    S.205-2017

  • Gallery location:

    In Storage

Studio photograph of Lubov Tchernicheva in Thamar, performed by the Ballets Russes. The music was by Mily Balakirev and the choreography by Mikhail Fokine, with costumes designed by Leon Bakst. Thamar was first performed by Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes on 20 May 1912 at the Théâtre du Châtelet, Paris and in London on 12 June 1912 at the Royal Opera House. It remained in the company’s repertoire until 1929 and was revived for Colonel de Basil's Ballets Russes. Lubov Tchernicheva inherited Karsavina's role and made the part very much her own.

The ballet, inspired by a poem by Lermontov and Balakirev's score, tells of Thamar, Queen of Georgia who lures strangers to her castle above the Dariel Gorge and after a night of passion kills them. As the Pall Mall Gazette claimed ‘It is a terrible dream of Eastern lust, a barbaric swirl of music colour, and life'.

Physical description

Studio photograph of Lubov Tchernicheva in Thamar, performed by the Ballets Russes, 1920s. The image is a head and shoulders portrait of Tchernicheva, looking away from the camera.

Place of Origin

Rome (photographed)

Date

1920s (photographed)

Artist/maker

Bragaglia, Arturo, born 1893 - died 1962 (photographer)

Materials and Techniques

Photograph on card

Dimensions

Height: 214 mm mount, Width: 200 mm mount, Height: 199 mm image, Width: 133 mm image

Object history note

Given to the Gabrielle Enthoven Collection by Albert W. King, December 1934.

Descriptive line

Photograph by Bragaglia of Lubov Tchernicheva in Thamar, performed by the Ballets Russes, 1920s

Materials

Card

Techniques

Photography

Categories

Photographs; Dance

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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