The most celebrated dancer of her time, "[Pavlova's] technique was so perfect that it concealed technique. her arabesque and pas de bourrée have rarely been equaled, and... her line was always impeccable... As an interpretive artist Pavlova probably, even today, remains unsurpassed. She was supreme in roles requiring feminine coquetry and light comedy; she excelled in lyrical and poetic roles in which her fluid, expressive arms and hands were remarkable; and she could be deeply moving in dramatic and tragic roles such as Nikia and Giselle. What made her performances unique, however, was not so much her technical mastery or even her talent at characterization; it was the emotion she poured into her performances, her incomparable stage presence - in short, the power of her personality."
The present image is considered "a brief but brilliant desplay of Pavlova's remarkable allegro technique. The swiftness and lightness of her movements were enhanced by gossamer wings and a dress of blue, green, and purple net." Roberta Lazzarini in the International Encyclopedia of Dance Vol. 5 pp. 125-126. Item #29421
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