Pavley, Andreas. (1892–1931)
A rare signed photograph from the dancer and choreographer known as the co-director of the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet in Chicago. Elegantly signed and inscribed at the foot to composer Milton Harding, dated 1924. Photographed by Carlo Leonetti, and stamped by the photographer at the lower right and on the verso. In very fine condition. 7.5 x 9.5 inches (19 x 24.2 cm).
Co-director of the Pavley-Oukrainsky Ballet in Chicago, Andreas Pavley was born in India of a Russian father and Dutch mother. Educated by E. Cechetti and Clustine in St. Petersburg, Pavley was a thoroughly schooled dancer in the Russian Imperial Style. Yet he also took lessons with Jacques Dalcroze in Geneva. Pavlova secured both Pavley and Serge Oukrainsky as male dancers for her London troupe of 1915. In 1916, both toured the United States with Alma Voedisch. By the end of 1916 Pavley became a flashpoint in the cultural debate over masculine style, with some wondering whether his androdgyne grace was somehow perverse. Pavley and Oukrainsky worked together in Chicago for eight years, before Oukrainskey departed with his own troupe to tour South America. Pavley maintained some form of the ballet in operation until his suicide in 1931, when he leapt out of a 16th story hotel window in Chicago.