Author: Karsavina, Tamara
Publisher: William Heinemann Ltd.
Year Published: 1931
Subcategory: Theatre / Biography
Condition Rating: Fair, may contain permanent markings, torn but intact pages,
Additional Information: Some pages spotted with faint mould
Summary: Those who ask for self-told lives will find much of great charm and interest in Theatre Street, even should the ballet leave them cold and Karsavina be just a name: vivid pictures of childhood in St Petersburg in the late 1880s, the intimate story of life at a conventual ballet school, the haunting evocation of London as it appeared to Karsavina when she visited it for the first time, lonely and unable to speak a word of English. Her recreation of those days, with Diaghilev, Benois, Bakst, and Roerich working in one room and Stravinsky and Fokine squabbling next door, is simply yet effectively contrived. The story ends with grim recollections of Russia at war and then in the grip of revolution, and Karsavina's own dramatic escape to England. Diaghilev died after Karsavina had finished writing her book, but this edition reproduces an addition chapter of her memories and impressions of this great man of the theatre.
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