“There was an apple in the world, it was cut into two halves. One half was Pavlova, another – Spessivtseva”.
Enrico Cecchetti, Italian ballet teacher of the twentieth century.
Olga Spessivtseva was one of the outstanding classical ballerinas of the 20th century.
She entered St. Petersburg’s Imperial Ballet Academy in 1906. After graduating in 1913, she joined the Mariinsky Theatre. The romantic dancer ideally suited for roles such as Giselle and Odette-Odile in Swan Lake. Spessivtseva was called the last legend of romanticism in ballet.
The audience first saw her in 1913. She was a young beautiful girl, gentle, timid, with huge, full of mystery eyes, pale skin and black hair.
In the early twenties, the girl was a real teen idol. She danced in performances of Diaghilev’s troupe with a unique Vaslav Nijinsky. And in the early nineties Spessivtseva, after mental illness, ended her days far from home, in one of the homes for the elderly people.
Her name is surrounded by an aura of mystery – a star and a victim of her time, silent, absolutely indifferent to fame…