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Working name for a book project about a near-failed Edwardian actress who finds she is extraordinarily talented with a still camera. A little too extraordinary. It's 1907. Throw in a bit of magical realism, fairies, Arthur Conan Doyle, motorbikes, and a murder and you have a fantastic world in the making
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Photographic postcard of Anna Pavlova as the Princess Aspicia in the Petipa/Pugni ballet, 'The Pharaoh's Daughter', Saint Petersburg, c. 1910. Pavlova performed her celebrated "Glow Worm Dance" in 1915.

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Ballet dancer Tamara Karsavina in 'The Firebird', 1912. Karsavina (1885-1978) was a famous Russian ballerina, renowned for her beauty, who was most noted as a Principal Artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and later the Ballets Russes of Serge Diaghilev. After settling in Hampstead, England, she began teaching ballet professionally and would become recognised as one of the founders of modern British ballet.

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Ruth St. Denis in first costume inspired by Egyptian Deities cigarette poster. (1904)

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Anna Pavlova in the Fokine/Saint-Saëns ballet 'The Dying Swan', Saint Petersburg, 1905. While touring in The Hague, Pavlova was told that she had pneumonia and required an operation, but that she would never be able to dance again if she did. She refused to have the surgery, saying "If I can't dance then I'd rather be dead." She died of pleurisy, holding her costume from 'The Dying Swan' when she spoke her last words, "Play the last measure very softly."

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Russian ballerina, actress, and muse Ida Rubinstein (1885-1960) in costume for her 1908 debut role as the title character for a single private performance of Oscar Wilde's 'Salomé', in which she stripped nude in the course of the Dance of the Seven Veils.

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