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Thursday, July 26, 2018

Throwback Thursday and Lubov Rostova

Throwback Thursday and Lubov Rostova

Lubov Rostova was a dancer with the Ballet Russes in the 1930s.
She became famous when she performed the mysterious Hand of Fate pas de deux, one of George Balanchine’s early works. She was sixteen years old.

She was born Lucienne Kylberg in Algiers. Her father was Swedish and her mother French. When she left de Basil’s company to dance with Blanchine’s company Ballets 1933 she used her real name. Although that company was short-lived, she won critical praise for  creating the leading role in the Preghiera section of Balanchine's Mozartiana.

In 1938, Rostova joined the new Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo and she performed with them until 1943. She gained fame not only for her dancing but for experiencing strange accidents. During a performance in England, she brushed against a candle and entered the stage with her costume on fire. While in Monte Carlo, she fell out of a window, supposedly while sleepwalking.

She was married to David Lichine, but that union ended in divorce. In 1949 she married Count Christian de Dampierre, an executive with Stauffer Chemicals. He died in 1917, and Rostova died on January 13, 1997. She was 80 years old.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Secret #142:
“Lubov Rostova danced in one of Balanchine’s early works.”

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“Get out, but don't cause unneeded accidents.”
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