Mathilde Kschessinskaya costumed for the title role in La Camargo, circa 1902
|Born||31 August 1872
Ligovo, Petergof, Russian Empire
|Died||6 December 1971
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. She was also a mistress of the future Tsar Nicholas II of Russia. She was known in the West as Mathilde Kschessinska or Matilda Kshesinskaya.
References[change | edit source]
- Mary Clarke and David Vaughan (eds) 1977. The encyclopedia of dance & ballet. Pitmans, London. p. 201
- Kshessinska 1960. Dancing in Petersburg. London, transl Haskell.
- The latter is Beaumont's version, The Diaghilev Ballet in London, 1940.