Like Buy Share View in Room Title Anna Pavlova Artist The Chelsea Collection Ref GM2676 Type Fine Art Print Image Size 12" x 16" (30 x 40 cm) Paper Size 16" x 20" (40 x 50 cm) Price $220.00 £132.00 $220.00 €231.00 Add to basket Description Anna Pavlova was born on February 12, 1881 in Ligovo, Saint Petersburg, Russia. Pavlova's passion for the art of ballet was ignited when her mother took her to a performance of Marius Petipa's original production of The Sleeping Beauty at the Imperial Maryinsky Theater. The lavish spectacle made an impression on Pavlova. In 1891, she was finally accepted at the age of 10 to the Imperial Ballet School. Young Pavlova's years of training were difficult. Classical ballet did not come easily to her. Her severely arched feet, thin ankles, and long limbs clashed with the small and compact body in favour for the ballerina at the time. She made her official début at the Mariinsky Theatre in Pavel Gerdt's Les Dryades prétendues (The False Dryads). Her performance drew praise from the critics, particularly the great critic and historian Nikolai Bezobrazov. Pavlova is perhaps most renowned for creating the role of The Dying Swan, a solo choreographed for her by Michel Fokine. The ballet, created in 1905, is danced to Le cygne from The Carnival of the Animals by Camille Saint-Saëns. Kreisler. The short ballet follows the last moments in the life of a swan, and was first presented in St. Petersburg, Russia in 1905. The ballet has since influenced modern interpretations of Odette in Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake and has inspired non-traditional interpretations and various adaptations. Anna Pavlova died in 1931.