Much has been written about the diaspora of Russian ballet talent during the interwar period, but most of the discussion has focussed on the most celebrated members of that phenomenon. Through Dr Kathrina Farrugia-Kriel’s Princess Poutiatine and the Art of Ballet in Malta, we meet one of the emigration’s lesser-known figures, Princess Nathalie Poutiatine – a woman who transformed the art she could not practice into a quiet, heroic calling. The book unearths a lost history and offers a timely reminder of the privileged life of many who studied ballet in the late nineteenth and early twentieth century in Russia, and how it endured as a part of their identity in exile as well.
This is a pre-publication offer. The selling price is €80 and is effective as from Monday 16 March.