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no. 374

Saturday, 20 November 2004

First Love,
a 'dance episode'
with Lydia Kyasht and Alexandre Volinine,
Empire Theatre, Leicester Square, London, 24 September 1912

Alexandre Volinine & Lydia Kyasht

Alexandre Volinine and Lydia Kyasht in First Love
(photo: Murmann Studios, London, 1912)

'Fred Farren's engagement as ballet-master [at the Empire] was not renewed, and for the next two years [1912-1913] Kyasht was to be permitted to arrange her own choreography. Her first work was The Water Nymph [a 'thread of romance (without) plot']. . . Kyasht, who danced as the naiad, was partnered by Edward J. Kurylo, premier danseur from the Imperial Opera House, Warsaw. Equally unpretentious was her dance episode, First Love, in which she danced with Alexandre Volinine. From [sic] this trifle about crinolined ladies and their elegant beaux in the rose garden of a Russian mansion on the night of a ball, music by Glinka was used, with the addition of a gavotte specially composed by Cuthbert Clarke.'
(Ivor Guest, Ballet in Leicester Square, Dance Books, London, 1992, p.141)

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