Printer Friendly

DANILOVA MEMENTOS GO TO LIBRARY OF CONGRESS.

Deemed by democratic consensus America's prima ballerina assoluta from the 1930s to the 1950s, and a reigning ballet teacher and coach after that, Alexandra Danilova earned the admiration of the public, the critics and her students. During the course of her career, Danilova also accumulated a variety of mementos rich in dance history. When she died at the age of 93 in 1997, her will stipulated a number of bequests to individuals and institutions. Now, one of the principal heirs, dance critic Kim Kokich, has given a trove of Danilova's treasures to the Library of Congress. Kokich, Danilova's goddaughter (the daughter of Danilova's former husband, dancer Kasimir Kokich) has donated Danilova's class notebooks, her personal correspondence (except for some very private items), snapshots and her file of reviews and clippings. Danilova's costumes and designer gowns are going to Kent State University's Costume Museum, and other items to Ohio's Ursuline College. Danilova's collection of paintings was bequeathed directly to the New York Public Library.

There is a wealth of material for scholars to examine and fans to view at the Library of Congress, although Kokich did say that some of the Danilova memorabilia disappeared during the two years the estate was in probate, and that some letters were destroyed by a flood in Danilova's apartment. And besides the private letters, Kokich couldn't part with a pair of the Glove Seller's gloves from Massine's ballet Gaite Parisienne (the way Danilova tried them on for customers implied so much!) and the chic hat that she wore as the legendary teacher Madame Dahkarova in the movie The Turning Point.
COPYRIGHT 2000 Dance Magazine, Inc.
No portion of this article can be reproduced without the express written permission from the copyright holder.
Copyright 2000, Gale Group. All rights reserved. Gale Group is a Thomson Corporation Company.

Article Details
Printer friendly Cite/link Email Feedback
Title Annotation:ballerina Alexandra Danilova's heirs donate her mementos to various agencies
Author:Jackson, George
Publication:Dance Magazine
Article Type:Brief Article
Geographic Code:1USA
Date:Oct 1, 2000
Words:265
Previous Article:GLASCO, NATIONAL BALLET SETTLE LENGTHY FEUD.
Next Article:HOT NUMBERS CAP DANCE ALLIANCE SESSION.
Topics:


Related Articles
Danilova at ninety.
Labors of love.
Aleandra Danilova dead at 93.
Alexandra Danilova (1903-97).
Choura remembered.
Oklahoma salutes its five Native American ballerinas.
Begging Mr. B. (New York).
Attitudes.
Oleg Tupine.
Out of the wings: School of American Ballet graduates remember their first moments in the sun.

Terms of use | Privacy policy | Copyright © 2019 Farlex, Inc. | Feedback | For webmasters