DANCING The Critic At Large … (No. 15)

Posted by on 18. August 2012

Pavlova

Anna in fur, dancing in a Majorcan cave ...

Anna Pavlova (1881 -1931) was a Russian primaballerina, regarded as one of the finest classical dancers in history and most recognised for the creation of the title rôle „The Dying Swan“. With her own company she became the first ballerina to tour around the world. So far to the facts. But on eBay I discovered a postcard I here share with you here: Pavlova in tutu and fur cape, performing on the shore of Lake Martel in the Drac Cave near Portocristo (Majorca), 25 m or 28 yards underground. Possible? No. She never was on the island. And if – a cold and dark cave would have been the last place on earth for her to dance, because she suffered from tuberculosis. I agree that a lot of lies and tricks are allowed to lure tourists to hotspots. But this postcard is just a too stupid lie and a trick too much … but technically well done with the possibilities of 80 years ago! And as a gag it is hilarious. Just look at the pained expression on the face of the dancer who could be a man …

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