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. Vintage Dancers, Les Ballet, Belly Dance, Vintage Exotic, 1930S Dancers, Dance History, Bellydance, Ida Rubinstein, Ballet Russe
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Ida Rubinstein was a Russian ballerina, actress, patron and Belle Époque figure. She was orphaned at an early age and had, by the standard of Russian ballet, little formal training. Tutored by Mikhail Fokine, she made her debut in 1908 with a performance of Oscar Wilde's Salomé.
This photos has apparently made the rounds since 1987, credited as Oscar Wilde as Salome. Although he did write a play for this, in which Sarah Bernhardt was set to appear, this photo is actually of Hungarian opera singer Alice Guszalewicz. If you place this side by side with a photo of Oscar Wilde, the resemblance is uncanny!
Maud Allan (1873-1956) was a famous dancer who was born in Canada as Beulah Maude Durrant, raised in San Francisco, and who later trained in piano in Berlin. When her brother was hanged in 1898 for the murder of two women in San Francisco, the trauma affected her for the rest of her life. She changed her name to Maud Allan and became a dancer. In 1906 she premiered her Vision of Salome, based on Oscar Wilde’s play Salome. Especially notorious was her Dance of the Seven Veils.