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Thursday, January 5, 2017

Throwback Thursday and Evgenia Eduardova

Throwback Thursday and Evgenia Eduardova

Evgenia  Platonova Eduardova Davidov was born in Russia in 1882. She graduated from the Petersburg Theatre School in 1901, and later became one of the many Russian dancers who emigrated to Berlin around 1920. She was accompanied by her husband Davidov, and young St. Petersburg lawyer, Josef Lewitan. One source  (https://books.google.com/books?id=N8f_bKK2fnEC&pg=PA43&lpg=PA43&dq=Evgenia+Eduardova+dancer&source=bl&ots=9K9WYOrwRa&sig=g1zqEZLQJxaCCzBuObBmfa-UreQ&hl=en&sa=X&ved=0ahUKEwiulqKkyqjRAhVGOyYKHQOgBAYQ6AEIMjAI#v=onepage&q=Evgenia%20Eduardova%20dancer&f=false) states she lived with Lewitan and no further mention is made of her husband. Lewitan served as her publicist, portraying her as a great Russian ballerina when she was actually somewhere between a corps de ballet dancer and soloist.

In the late 1930s, the rise of the Nazis forced Lewitan (who was Jewish) to leave Germany for Paris, and Evgenia followed him soon after, leaving the successful ballet school she had opened in the 1920s. In 1942 they both received visas for Casablanca, and thus narrowly escaped the Nazis who had taken over Paris. On May 13, 1943, they married.

The couple ultimately came to New York, but Evgenia was never able to regain the success she had previously. She tried to start another ballet school, but it didn’t work out well.

In 1960 she died after a fall in her bathroom.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets:
Dance History Factoid #141:
“ Evgenia Eduardova was a Russian ballerina who opened a successful school in Berlin.”

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