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Today’s Memory – Vera Karalli

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Vera Karalli

27 July 1889 – 16 November 1972


Vera Alexeyevna Karalli (Russian: Вера Алексеевна Каралли) was a notable Russian ballet dancer, choreographer and silent film actress during the early years of the 20th century.

The Dying Swan 1917

Karalli performed with Sergei Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company in 1909, as well as 1919 and 1920. She became a soloist at the Bolshoi Theatre after two years and became a ballerina in 1915. Karalli was frequently paired with danseur Mikhail Mordkin

Vera Karalli and Leonid Zhukov – Toréador et Andalouse

Must be mentioned the diversity of her career – a soloist and then ballerina at the Bolshoi Theatre after graduating from the Moscow Theatre School, a member of Serge de Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes company in 1909 and then again in 1919 and 1920, a choreographer, a silent film actress and a teacher. Add to this, she was a mistress of the Russian Grand Duke Dmitri Pavlovich and reputedly present in the palace of Felix Yussupov on the night of Gregori Rasputin’s murder.

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