2015.09.27.11.31

dedicated to Ida Rubinstein, the icon for Belle Epoque

Get on up, get on up, keep a-moving on, little bit higher
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For the collage of "dedicated to Ida Rubinstein the icon for Belle Epoque", the original photography you can find here, there and everywhere.

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The words "Get on up, get on up, keep a-moving on, little bit higher" are taken from the lyrics of the song "Ballerina" from the album "Astral Weeks" by Van Morrison.

Ida Rubinstein was a ballet dancer and the icon in the Belle Epoque era.

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In 1908, by single private performance of "Salome" by Oscar Wilde, Ida Rubinstein made her debut. On this performance, she stripped nude in the course of "Danse des sept voiles".
[photo : Ida Rubinstein performed as Salome photo by Eugene Druet]

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Sergei Diaghilev took Ida Rubinstein with the Ballets Russes in the Paris seasons.
In 1909, she danced the title role Cleopatre for the ballet "Cleopatre" at Theatre du Chatelet. In 1910, she danced Zobeide in the ballet "Scheherazade" at Opera Garnier. Both ballets were choreographed by Mikhail Fokine, and designed by Leon Bakst.
Ida Rubinstein left the Ballets Russes in 1911 for forming her own dance company.
[photo : Ida Rubinstein performed as Cleopatre (left) and as Zobeide (right)]

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In 1911, Ida Rubinstein performed as Saint Sebastien in the ballet "Le Martyre de Saint Sebastien" at Theatre du Chatelet, choreographed by Mikhail Fokine, designed by Leon Bakst, text by Gabriele d'Annunzio and music by Claude Debussy.
This performance was praised as stylized modernism and made a scandal. Because Saint Sebastien was played by Jewish woman, Archidiocese de Paris prohibited Catholics from attending.
[photo : Ida Rubinstein performed as Saint Sebastien]

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In 1924, Ida Rubinstein performed the ballet "Istar" with Leo Staats at Opera Garnier.
In 1928, she directed her own company at Opera Garnier with Bronislava Nijinska as choreographer. She commissioned and performed the ballet "Bolero" with music by Maurice Ravel, the ballet "Le Baiser de la fee" with music by Igor Stravinsky, and so on.
[photo : costume design by Leon Bakst for Ida Rubinstein as Istar (left), Ida Rubinstein as A Dancer in "Bolero" (center) and Le Ballets Ida Rubinstein Program for 1928 season (right)]

Some artists were inspired her and created Ida Rubinstein's portraits.

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"Souvenir Of The Russian Opera Season" 1909 by Kees Van Dongen
It is said the painting was inspired by the performance of Ida Rubinstein in the ballet "Cleopatre".

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"Ida Rubenstein" 1910 by Valentin Serov

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"Russian Ballet Dancers In Art Deco" by Demetre Chiparus

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"Portrait der Ida Rubinstein" 1913 by Antonio de La Gandara

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"La Venus triste" 1917 by Romaine Brooks
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