BALLET - STANILAS IDZIKOWSKI AND THE DIAGHILEV BALLET
Lot 525
BALLET - STANILAS IDZIKOWSKI AND THE DIAGHILEV BALLET
Sold for £ 18,000 (US$ 23,456) inc. premium

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BALLET - STANILAS IDZIKOWSKI AND THE DIAGHILEV BALLET
The papers of the Diaghilev dancer and teacher Stanislas Idzikowski, comprising:

(i) Idzikowski's photograph album recording his life and career, comprising photographs (many signed and inscribed to Idzikowski) from his years with the Diaghilev Ballet and afterwards, many studio studies in large-format, one signed on the mount by Man Ray, Paris, the subjects including Nijinsky as the Slave in Sheherazade (signed and inscribed to Idzikowski in Polish, 1917), Igor Stravinsky (signed and inscribed to Idzikowski in Russian, 1921), Serge Diaghilev (signed and inscribed to Idzikowski in Russian, New York 1916), Anna Pavlova in Bacchanal (signed and inscribed to Idzikowski's wife, Evina, 1917), Arthur Rubinstein (signed and inscribed to Idzikowski in Polish, 1916), Maestro Enrico Cecchetti in Carnival, Good Humoured Ladies and in evening dress (all three signed and inscribed to his dear pupil Idzikowski in French, 1915, 1916 and 1918), Mikhail Fokine (signed, 1938), Tamara Karsavina in the Firebird (signed), Leonide Massine as the Slave in Cleopatra and in Union Pacific (both signed), Lubov Tcharnichea in Thamas (signed), Lydia Popokova [Keynes] (two photographs signed, 1916 and 1918), Alicia Markova in the Children's Tales (signed, 1919), Alexandra Danilova (two photographs, one of her in The Three Cornered Hat, both signed, 1926 and 1927), Woijikowski in Massine's Midnight Sun (signed, 1919), Vera Savina Massine (several, one signed), Lydia Sokolova (two, one in Carnival inscribed to "To my little 'Harlequin'", 1926, one signed "Hilda"), Maria d'Albacin (signed), Lubov Tchernicheva (signed, 1937), Ursula Moreton (signed), Irina Baronova in Swan Lake (signed), Adeline Genée in Camargo (signed), Michael Mordkin (two, signed), Harold Turner (signed), Tamara Idzikowski in Nijinsky's costume for the Princesse Enchantée, Vanda Evina Idzikowski (several), Idzikowski with Tamara Karsavina in Spectre de la Rose, Idzikowski standing with Sir Malcolm Sargeant, Ludmila Shollar, Idzikowski as Harlequin in The Three Cornered Hat, Slavinsky in Karsavina, the company in the open air performing Sylphides with Nemchinova and Nijinska and Ansermet conducting, Idzikowski with Margot Fonteyn and others, captioned in punchtape by Idzikowski ('Photographs of Great Masters/ Serge de Diaghilev Russian Ballet/ Cover Made by Stanislas Idzikowski'), bound in pigskin embossed by Idzikowski himself with his bust in white upon red, stout 4to

(ii) File of Idzikowski's correspondence, including autograph and typed letters to him by Serge Diaghilev, Margot Fonteyn (series: "I wonder whether you would accept to be one of the first two Fellows of the Royal Academy of Dancing. The other person to whom I am writing is Madame Tamara Karsavina..."), Arthur Croxton of the London Coliseum ("...M. Diaghilev has told me of your very kind promise to appear at the great charity concert on Sunday afternoon, Nov. 3rd with Mlle. Lopokova in 'The Enchanted Princess'..."), Romola Nijinsky, Adeline Genée (series), Alicia Markova, Ninette de Valois (series), Lilian Baylis (series), Leonide Massine ("...I agree to do the chorography of the ballet 'Les Roses'..."), Anton Dolin (series), Richard Buckle (series, about his Diaghilev exhibition etc.), and others

(iii) Autograph album kept by Idzikowski prior to 1915, during his early days in London and when touring the provinces, signed by friends and fellow performers, red calf, 8vo

(iv) Collection of loose photographs, including one signed and inscribed by Enrico Cecchetti

(v) Copy of the New York Public Library interview with Idzikowski made in 1974 (see note below)

Footnotes

  • An important record of ballet in the age of Diaghilev: Stanislas Idzikowski (1894-1977), regarded by many as the most accomplished virtuoso male dancer of the twentieth century, was a star pupil of Enrico Cecchetti, the celebrated teacher of Pavlova, Nijinsky and Karasvina. He made his debut in London and danced with Pavlova's company before being recruited by Serge Grigoriev for the revived Diaghilev Company in 1915. He danced with the Diaghilev Company until its dissolution in 1929, having many parts created for him by Leonide Massine, and taking over many of Nijinsky's roles, including Petrushka and the Spectre in Le Spectre de la Rose. In 1933 he danced for a season with the Vic-Wells Ballet, where Frederick Ashton created Les Rendezvous for him and Alicia Markova in the bravura leading roles. In 1932 he wrote, with Cyril W. Beaumont, the standard textbook of the Cecchetti method, A Manual of the Theory and Practice of Classical Theatrical Dancing (reissued as The Cecchetti Method of Classical Ballet: Theory and Technique). After retiring from the stage, he became a highly respected teacher; and when Mona Inglesby founded the International Ballet in 1940 he was appointed its first Ballet Master. He made a final appearance on stage in 1971.

    A detailed description of this important visual record was made by Idzikowski with John Gruen for the Oral History Archive Dance Collection of the New York Public Library, on 21 November 1974. A transcript of their interview is included in the lot. See illustration opposite and at page 120.

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