Irina Baronova and The Ballets Russes

Spread from Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes

Spread from Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes

Spread from Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes

Spread from Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes

Spread from Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes

Spread from Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes

Spread from Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes

Spread from Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes

    Mikhail Baryshnikov
  • “My friend Irina Baronova was a legendary Baby Ballerina of the Ballets Russes and an ambassador of classical ballet in America, but this book shows us the kind, funny, and hardworking woman behind the legend. She was a total pro and an elegant human being. If it’s possible, I'm more in awe than ever.”
  • Wendy Whelan New York City Ballet
  • “As a dancer myself, I connected deeply to Baronova’s words about what it’s like to feel in your soul the extremes of sacrifice, familial rivalry, and tremendous love that come from committing oneself to the art form. These pages made me realize how lucky we are now, we American dancers, because of the pioneering energy and sheer strength of Baronova and the other great dancers of the Ballets Russes who performed tirelessly night after night, stirring and thrilling hearts in every tiny pocket of America. It is something that should never be forgotten and should be instilled in all young dancers. We could never enjoy the careers we have today without these artists paving the way for us. I really couldn’t put this book down. I was in tears.”
  • Edmund De Waal Author of The Hare with Amber Eyes
  • “This is a beautiful record of the twentieth century lived through dance.  It is illuminating and passionate and vivid: imagine Nabokov’s Speak, Memory photographed and choreographed. I loved it.”
  • Anjelica Huston
  • “The passionate life story of the beautiful and dedicated Russian prima ballerina, Irina Baronova, is tenderly recounted by her daughter with wonderful photographs and vivid detail.”
  • DuJour
  • “Photograph by photograph, Tennant touches on some of the most celebrated moments of Baronova’s career as a professional ballerina, while providing an unprecedented look into the Golden Age of ballet. Although most know Baronova for her grace on the ballet floor, Tennant chronicles her mother’s life from humble and difficult beginnings to her days as a world-renowned dancer.”
  • The Lady
  • “Written by Baronova’s daughter, this lavishly illustrated book depicts the life of one of ballet’s most glamorous stars, Irina Baronova, whose outstanding talent and beauty led her to become prima ballerina of the Ballets Russes and later New York’s Ballet Theatre. . . . The result is an intoxicating glimpse into a lost age, taking in the volatile world of the Russian Revolution and two world wars that formed the backdrop to ballet at the time. With stunning photographs of Baronova and her fellow dancers on and off stage as they toured the world in the 1930s and 1940s, this superb book reveals just how fraught but exhilarating that was.”
  • Dancing Times
  • “A fascinating story and a touching memorial to a warm, generous artist, the book is a most welcome addition to any dance lover’s library.”
  • Dance Magazine
  • “This is an invaluable book for its coverage of the Ballets Russes companies and for its feast of gorgeous photos. It would make a great gift to any ballet lover.”
  • The Stage
  • “An inspiring, fascinating read as a portrait of a person as well as a document of the times.”
  • Country Life
  • “This elegant, informative book documents the path of a memorable dancer from anonymity to international acclaim.”
  • Literary Review
  • “Tennant’s lovely book is more than just a coffee-table commemoration of a figure as adored in her day as Greta Garbo. . . . It will also serve as a research tool for historians of one of the most distinctive phenomena of mid-20th-century high culture. Every balletomane should acquire it.”
  • Ballet Review
  • “Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo is moving and sumptuous. Evocative, even bewitching, it gives an intimate look at a lost world of ballet as well as the dimensions of the individual career of Tennant’s legendary mother.”
facebook