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Apollon Musagète

Photograph
1928 (Photographed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Photograph by Sasha posed on-stage probably of His Majesty's Theatre of Serge Lifar (Apollo) and Alice Nikitina (Terpsichore) in Apollon Musagète, performed by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1928. Apollon Musagète was first performed at the theatre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris on 12 June 1928 with a score and book by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by George Balanchine. It was first performed in London at His Majesty's Theatre on 24 June 1928. Given the range of photographs of this ballet there appears to have been a photocall for which the dancers posed on stage at which Sasha photographed the ballet.

This pose comes from the pas de deux for Terpsichore and Apollo (2.vii) in which Apollo lifts Tersichore in a variety of ways - here he lifts her, still in arabesque over his shoulder.


Object details
Categories
Object type
Materials and techniques
Photograph on card
Brief description
Stage photograph of Serge Lifar and Alice Nikitina in the pas de deux in Apollon Musagète, performed by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, June 1928.
Physical description
Stage photograph of Alice Nikitina as Terpsichore and Serge Lifar as Apollo. Lifar is standing in profile holding Nikitina on his right shoulder. The scene includes a painted mountain backdrop.
Dimensions
  • Height: 24.0cm
  • Width: 19.0cm
Credit line
Gabrielle Enthoven Collection
Summary
Photograph by Sasha posed on-stage probably of His Majesty's Theatre of Serge Lifar (Apollo) and Alice Nikitina (Terpsichore) in Apollon Musagète, performed by Serge Diaghilev's Ballets Russes, 1928. Apollon Musagète was first performed at the theatre Sarah Bernhardt, Paris on 12 June 1928 with a score and book by Igor Stravinsky and choreography by George Balanchine. It was first performed in London at His Majesty's Theatre on 24 June 1928. Given the range of photographs of this ballet there appears to have been a photocall for which the dancers posed on stage at which Sasha photographed the ballet.



This pose comes from the pas de deux for Terpsichore and Apollo (2.vii) in which Apollo lifts Tersichore in a variety of ways - here he lifts her, still in arabesque over his shoulder.
Collection
Accession number
S.182-2017

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Record createdMarch 21, 2017
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