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Ida Rubinstein
Birth: Oct. 5, 1885
Death: Sep. 20, 1960

Russian dancer, actress and director. Born into a wealthy family she was able to study music, dance and acting with private teachers such as Fokine who choreographed 'The Dance of the Seven Veils' for her which she performed in her own staging of 'Salome' in 1908. Although this was privately performed it still created a huge scandel as she removed most of her veils. In 1909 she joined Diaghilev's Ballet Russes where she created the title role in Fokine's 'Cleopatre' (1909) although this was based on her beauty not on her dance technique, she also created Zobeide in his 'Scheheradaze' in 1910. She left Diaghilev in 1911 to form her own company for which she comissioned several lavish productions including 'Le Martyre of Saint-Sebastien.' After World War One she appeared in various plays and danced Staat's 'Istar' at the Paris Opera. In 1928-1929 she directed her own ballet company with Nijinska as choreographer in Paris. It was revived between 1931-1934 and during its run she created several leading roles such as Nijinska's 'Bolero,' 'Le Baiser de la Fee' both in 1928 and in Massine's 'David' in 1928 and 'Amphion' in 1931 among others. One of the few female ballet directors of the era and her commissioning record was impressive, including librettos by Valery and Gide and designs by Benois as well as original scores for most of her repertoire. She had some fine stable dancers including Ashton. In 1935 she disbanded the company leaving several commissions at the Paris Opera. Her final stage appearances were in 'Jeanne d'Atc au bucher' by Claudel-Honegger in Basle, 1938 and in 1939 in Paris. Although dismissed as a dilettante because of her wealth, she did possess extraordinary stage charisma and was one of the most powerful theatre women in her day. (bio by: Medora) 
 
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Saint Paul Town Cemetery
Saint-Paul-de-Vence
Departement des Alpes-Maritimes
Provence-Alpes-Côte d'Azur, France
Plot: Section 16, Grave 5
 
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Originally Created by: Medora
Record added: Jan 18, 2004
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