Virginia Brooks Dance Films>>Felia Doubrovska Remembered From Diaghilev's Ballets Russes to Balanchine's School of American Ballet

Felia Doubrovska Remembered will be screened at the British Film Institute, South Bank, London as part of their festival - From the Ballets Russes: Part Two. The film will be shown on 9 October at 16:10 and on 12 October at 18:00.



Felia Doubrovska was born in 1896 in St. Petersburg, Russia. She died in New York City in 1981. During those eighty five years, she spent 33 years first as a student at the Imperial Ballet School and then as a ballerina with some of the most famous ballet companies in history. After her retirement from the stage she devoted nearly the same span of time to her career as a teacher at the School of American Ballet. It was during this period that she made her great contribution to preserving the continuity of the tradition of classical and neoclassical ballet, as she participated in the training of almost all of the women in the New York City Ballet, the instruments of George Balanchine's choreographic genius.

This film provides an affectionate memorial designed to introduce this elegant personality to those members of the audience who never knew her. It is also intended to be a lasting tribute to Felia Doubrovska for those of us who had the good fortune to pass through her sphere.

narrated by John Taras


Maria CalegariAllegra KentTanaquil LeClercq

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The Call of the Siren by Gia Kourlas (Time Out New York / Issue 640: January 38, 2008)

"...she was ... a powerful force who nourished her students, helping to teach them, by example, the meaning of the word ballerina."

Preserving a Tradition by Susan Reiter (New York Press)

"...a labor of love that includes priceless footage of [Doubrovska] teaching at the School of American Ballet and extensive interviews in which her charm and old-world elegance come across."

Images on the Move For Dance on Camera 2008 by Deborah Jowitt (The Village Voice)