April Ball (Black Swan)

In the world according to “LAC (After Swan Lake),” a trashy reinterpretation by Jean-Christophe Maillot for Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, there are two types of women: the kind you marry and the kind you sleep with. April Ball’s primal Black Swan is a predator. Her mother, known as Her Majesty of the Night (Maude Sabourin), is even more overheated. – April Ball (Black Swan) in LAC, Les Ballets de Monte Carlo, April 2014. © Dave Morgan

April Ball (Black Swan)


Cléo de Mérode – The French Ballerina

Giovanni Boldini (Italian, 1842-1931). Cléo de Mérode, 1901 (Oil on canvas) – Cléo de Mérode (1875-1966), an international sensation and one of the most photographed woman in the world in her time, was a French ballerina, who achieved fame with her face, not her feet. Cléo was a good dancer but her beauty caught the public’s eye. By 13, she already had posed for Jean-Louis Forain and Edgar Degas, who often sketched her…


Sculptured and Living Beauty (featuring Imogene Robertson)

Mary Imogene Robertson (1902-1948) began her career as a Ziegfeld girl in the 1920s performing under the stage name Imogene “Bubbles” Wilson. She was fired in 1924 for her involvement in a tumultuous and highly publicized affair with comedian Frank Tinney. She left the US shortly thereafter. She appeared in seventeen German films from 1925 to 1927 with a new stage name, Imogene Robertson… (Photograph by E.O. Hoppé, 1924)

Sculptured and Living Beauty, featuring Imogene Robertson