Vera Karalli (1888-1972)

Vera Karalli (1888-1972) joined the Bolshoi in 1906 and was appointed Ballerina in 1914. Vera danced with the Diaghilev Ballet in 1909 and again in 1919-20, performing mostly in Le Pavillion d'Armide, Thamar, and Prince Igor. She became one of Russia's first film stars. Karalli lived in Paris from 1938-1941 and then moved to Vienna where she remained until the end of her life.

(First published May 1995)

If it is not my right to change ballet technique, then it is not your right to change the steps I give -- enough said.