Mathilde Kchessinska

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Mathilde Kchessinska

Mathilde Kschessinskaya costumed for the title role in La Camargo, circa 1902
Born 31 August 1872(1872-08-31)
Ligovo, Petergof, Russian Empire
Died 6 December 1971(1971-12-06) (aged 99)
Paris, France

Mathilde Marie Feliksovna Kschessinskaya (31 August [O.S. 19 August] 1872–6 December 1971 (also known as Her Serene Highness Princess Romanova-Krasinskaya from 1921) was a Russian ballerina from a family of Polish origin. Her father Feliks Krzesiński and her brother both danced in St. Petersburg. She eventually attained the highest rank, that of prima ballerina assoluta.[1] She was also a mistress of the future Tsar Nicholas II of Russia.[2] She was known in the West as Mathilde Kschessinska or Matilda Kshesinskaya.[3]

References[change | edit source]

  1. Mary Clarke and David Vaughan (eds) 1977. The encyclopedia of dance & ballet. Pitmans, London. p. 201
  2. Kshessinska 1960. Dancing in Petersburg. London, transl Haskell.
  3. The latter is Beaumont's version, The Diaghilev Ballet in London, 1940.