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Goodwin's weekly : a thinking paper for thinking people. (Salt Lake City, Utah) 1902-1929, December 17, 1910, Image 48

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I Pavlowa And Mordkin TByG. I
THE spirits of the roses of Mussella, and they
an elf and a fairy, in turn brought forth an-
other, and they called that one Pavlowa.
H And Mordkin he is Bacchus not Bacchus like,
H but Bacchus in reality, the exemplar of what the
H wine god might have been had he been other
H than a myth.
H The one is yet to be found who can describe
B the poetry of their dancing. Men and women
B Borne writers, some critics and some who are
B both all over the civilized world have tried it in
B vain. The best that any one can do is to give a
B faint idea of his impressions of these foreign
B wonders, and if he has had the good fortune to
B see them in all of their various ballets and dl-
B vertisements the task is more bewildering than
B. ever.
H To begin at the end, for the dancers usually
x complete their performance with the "Bacch-
analo" from Glazunow's "The Seasons," the
thought flashes through the mind with the
fl sounding of the first mad measure, "Who could
B dance to that?" But in another moment when
B Bacchus and this bacchante appear, and in wild
m abandon, though in perfect concert, every mo-
tion and apparently every impulse attuned to the
H wild strains, it is almost supernal in its inspira-
H tlon. The wonder of it, too, Is, that despite the
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H tistic, there is nothing in the delineation by these
two that is not chaste and beautiful. There are
M no dancers like them; it is doubtful if there will
H " One of their most' remarkable ballets is
H "Giselle," and as this has not been seen here,
H perhaps a word or two regarding it might con-
H tain something of interest. Those who have
H seen Pavlowa can best imagine what she can do
B with it by reading the following excerpt from
H one of Heine's stories:
fl "There exists a tradition of nocturnal danc-
fl ers, known in the Slavic countries as the Wilis.
B The Wilis are betrothed girls who have died be-
fl fore their marriage. These poor creatures cannot
B remain tranquil In their tombs. In their hearts,
B which have stopped beating, in their dead feet,
fl exists a love for dancing which they have not
B been able to satisfy during their lives. At mid-
B night they rise and gather in troops, and unfor-
B tunate is the young man who encounters them.
1 He is forced to dance with them until he falls
B "Garbed in their bridal robes, with crowns of
orange blossoms on their heads and brilliant
rings on their fingers the Wilis dance in the moon
light like elves, their faces although white as
snow are beautifully young. They smile with a
joy so perfidious, they call you with so much se
duction, their manner gives so many soft prom
ises, that these dead bacchantes are irresistable."
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It was from this that the ballet was evolved
by Adolphe Adam many years ago, and only with
in comparatively recent years has it been revived.
Much of the music is soft and full of sentiment,
and the tragic ending calls for dramatic work
on the part of Pavlowa in direct contrast to that
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in "The Legend of Azyiade," but she is more
than equal to it. In fact, besides being born
dancers, the scope of the dramatic expression of
the superb Mordkin and the enthusiastic Pavlowa
is remarkable, and this must be taken Into ac
count in the sum of their success.
With both of them, dancing is not hard work;
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it is a pleasure. That may be readily seen. jB
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immediately after the departure of these winged B
wonders in the spring. They had been import- Wm
ed to supplant them in the affections of the city, mpm
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"one, two, three one, two, three") the high brows H
and the masses saw them once and said their last B
farewell. The fresh, the fairy-like Pavlowa and jB
distinguished Mordkin had made It very hard for H
any one else to succeed, for their claim, strange B
to say, was on all classes and the Czar's chief H
invaders were idolized. B
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been an echo from the songs of Haflz, lovers of B
the beautiful as pictured in many a Persian set- rH
ting, took keen delight, though psalm singers H I
who attended unawares were certain that its B
Orientalism, so vividly portrayed by Pavlowa and B
Mordkin, was a bale-fire on the ragged edge of B
perdition. The successful interpretation of ie B
legend necessitates the foreign tempefament B
combined with flying feet and an ability to act, B
and the scene was one of wondrous fascination. B
What if there was a little more than the suspi- B
cion of a kiss? "Such lips are the predestined m
food of Kings," and Mordkin was a king and B
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little Pavlowa a most bewitching princess. H
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previous knowledge of the work was unnecessary. !
It is to be regretted that these artists could M
not have been seen here in all of their dances, H
for instance, Delibes' "Coppelia." It is exquisite. ES
But we were fortunate in seeing them at all, B
and doubly so inasmuch as they gave us such a H
finished performance. B
If they will come again but that is too much B
to ask, for it is said, that by royal command, B
Russians in the Imperial Ballet must retire at the fl
age of thirty-two. B
Stick to Stickneys. B
Stickney's Fine Segars are the best. ml
Watch those who know in the leading cafes, fl
They will be drinking Roederer. H
Whon you buy your holiday cigars, you can't H
make a mistake if you get them where the stock
is complete. Stickney's is the place.

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