Esoteric London

No. 351: Millbank, SW1

Posted in Public Art, Theatrical London by esotericlondon on July 4, 2011

Millbank, London, SW1. Photo © Roger Dean 2011

Self-Portrait Taken from the Letters & Journals of Charles Ricketts, R.A. – edited by T. Sturge Moore and Cecil Lewis, 1939:

Karsavina surpassed herself as Echo in Narcisse. She creeps on to the stage, enamoured of Narcisse, and approaches silently, hiding behind trees; she dances in a trance and sinks at Nijinski’s feet at the end of each musical phrase. He leaps like a faun, with such rare clothing on that Duchesses had to be led out of the audience, blinded with emotion, and with their diamond tiaras all awry. On the second performance he wore long knickerbockers, it seems at the request – not of the censor – but of the Russian Embassy. At the end of the last night Nijinski and Karsavina had fifteen calls. Since their departure I have been, not a flame, but a thin wreath of smoke.

[ The above photograph is of Enzo Plazzotta’s sculpture Jeté which is based on the dancer David Wall. R.D.]