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Image of the Month
August 2012

Tatiana Riabouchinska and Leonide Massine in a publicity photograph for the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, ca. 1936. The pair was scheduled to perform in Le Beau Danube, a ballet choreographed by Massine using the music of Johann Strauss, at the Municipal Auditorium, February 10, 1936. We're not sure if Miss Riabouchinska actually danced the role that evening, though, as the Times-Picayune review mentions several substitutions in the program.

The newspaper was generally positive about the troupe's performance, noting that, "The agile and inimitable Leonide Massine, of course, is the life of the party, and to his own capable work at the head of the cast is due much of the success of these works, in staging which he also is a guiding spirit." As for Le Beau Danube, the reviewer proclaimed that it "...deserves the place of honor in the program, above the slightly outre central number. It is done entirely in pastel shades of brown, and white, the scene laid in a group. "The Beautiful Danube" pulsing throughout, Mlles. Toumanovka and Tchinarova at their best opposite the great Massine."

The Louisiana Photograph Collection includes several hundred other publicity stills within the Municipal Government Collection, Municipal Auditorium series.

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