Released by the intervention of her family in Russia, she married her first cousin, a move which not only gave her control over her fortune, but more importantly, her new husband allowed her the freedom to travel and perform. Soon she was taken on by the greatest impresario of the time, Sergei Diaghilev, and for a while she danced with his Ballets Russes, even though she was never a very accomplished dancer.
After leaving the Ballets Russes she set up her own company, and commissioned work from the illustrious artists of the time, including Ravel's Bolero. Throughout, she challenged social conventions, her stage presence often causing ructions, as did her affairs with both men and women.
For all that, as the years went by her name fell into obscurity – until now. Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act recounts her remarkable story in a work that combines text, movement, music, projections and film, led by the American dancer and actress Naomi Sorkin.
A dramatic classical dancer, Naomi Sorkin was a principal with American Ballet Theatre and later San Francisco Ballet. As well, she developed a parallel career as an actress in both theatre (she performed in Dostoevsky's The Idiot at the Riverside Studios in London) and film.
Sorkin performs as Ida alongside Grammy award-winning musician Darren Berry as Maurice Ravel, Italian actor Marco Gambino (Young Montalbano, Emmerdale) as the writer Gabriele d'Annunzio, actor Max Wilson (Potted Panto, Flowers of the Forest) as Edward Clement, and Kathryn Worth (Unrelated, The Gates of Vanity) as Sorreto and Romaine Brooks.
The piece is directed and choreographed by Christian Holder, with designs by Emmy award-winner David Roger and costumes by Charles and Patricia Lester.
|What||Ida Rubinstein: The Final Act, Playground Theatre|
|Where||The Playground Theatre, Latimer Road, London , W10 6RQ | MAP|
|Nearest tube||White City (underground)|
23 Sep 21 – 16 Oct 21, 19:30. 9 and 16 Oct at 14:30 Dur.: 2 hours inc one interval
|Price||£22 (concessions £18, £10)|
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