Andre Eglevsky, Maria Tallchief - PDD to the Adagio from Mendelssohn's 'Scotch Symphony'

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This is footage of Ballets Russes Andre Eglevsky (1917-1977) and Maria Tallchief (1925-2013) performing a pas de deux to the Adagio from Mendelssohn's 'Scotch Symphony'. The performance was broadcast on the Bell Telephone Hour on the 9th April 1959. I am very happy to upload this footage in part in tribute to the great native American ballerina, Maria Tallchief, who passed away this year and who did so much for the prestige of home-grown ballet dancers in her country. I've also always been fascinated by dancers initially connected with the Ballets Russes -- the original company and all its off-shoot companies after the death of Serge de Diaghilev in 1929. Andre Eglevsky has a great pedigree in these terms. After studying with Lubov Egorova, Mathilde Kschessinska, Alexandre Volinine, Olga Preobrajenska, and Leon Woizikowski in Paris, Nicholas Legat in London, he joined Colonel W. de Basil's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo at age fourteen, and after six months was dancing leading roles in 'Swan Lake', 'Les Sylphides', and 'Les Présages'. Youskevitch also danced with René Blum's Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Ballet Theatre (now the American Ballet Theatre), and the Marquis George de Cuevas' Grand Ballet de Monte Carlo. He also danced at the Radio City Music Hall, on the Broadway in 'Great Lady' and appeared in 'Limelight' directed by and starring Charlie Chaplin in 1952. After retirement in 1958, the dancer formed the Eglevsky Ballet Company, which continues today. Enjoy!

Posted on: January 24, 2017 by Danceus Staff