Pointe shoes and a crown: how Matilda Kshesinskaya drove the men of the Romanov dynasty crazy01.09.2022
At the age of 11, Malechka began to study with Ekaterina Vazem, who managed to fall in love with the girl and always set her as an example to others. At fourteen, the first crisis in Matilda’s life came. Her passion for dancing began to pass, and there was simply no one to be inspired by the young girl. When Kshesinskaya was already thinking about a career change, the famous ballerina Virginia Zucchi appeared in her life. After looking at the performance of the Italian, Matilda realized that not only perfect movements are important in ballet, but facial expressions, dramatic art. Kshesinskaya came to life and decided that she would work on her skills so that one day she would have the right to stand next to an artist like Zucchi. She began to study even harder and fully armed approached the final exam, which was to be attended by the entire royal family, headed by Emperor Alexander III. Then the young girl did not yet know what kind of meeting was prepared for her …
They thoroughly prepared for the final exams at the school, because on this day the talents of the students were to be assessed by persons of royal blood. Matilda chose for herself the pas de deux from “Vain Precaution”, which shortly before this was performed by her main inspiration, Virginia Zucchi. The first to speak to Alexander III and his family were those who were constantly at the school, and after them “coming ones”. As Kshesinskaya noted in her memoirs, the audience applauded everyone equally, which upset the young ballerina a lot.