CHF 2014: Journeys

Balanchine’s Discovery

Irina Baronova’s rise to the pinnacle of the ballet world began when George Balanchine plucked her out of a Russian studio and put her on the stage at the age of 12. For her daughter, actor Victoria Tennant (L.A. Story), her mother’s remarkable career led to a beautiful project: an intimate portrait of Baronova’s life as a dancer. With sumptuous photographs and rare behind-the-scenes stories of life on the road, Tennant illuminates one of the glorious moments in the history of ballet.

Image from "Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo" by Victoria Tennant

Speakers and Performers

Victoria Tennant

Victoria Tennant trained at the Central School for Speech and Drama in London before playing the title role in her first film, The Ragman's Daughter, at age 21. She has since acted extensively in film, television and theatre, receiving Golden Globe and Emmy nominations. Her book Irina Baronova and the Ballets Russes is a memoir of her mother with over 300 vintage photographs that chronicle her life and the birth of ballet in America, set against the backdrop of the Russian Revolution and World War II.  

CHF Suggests      Related links and resources for further study

Leaders And Thinkers

Victoria Tennant
Profile on the Internet Movie Database

Online Resources

Ballets Russes
Website for the 2005 documentary