Dancers: Tanzgruppe Ellen Tels: Mila Cirul - Nina Schelemskaja (War Dance) by Max Pollak

Dancers: Tanzgruppe Ellen Tels: Mila Cirul - Nina Schelemskaja (War Dance) by Max Pollak

Dancers: Tanzgruppe Ellen Tels: Mila Cirul - Nina Schelemskaja (War Dance)

Max Pollak

Title

Dancers: Tanzgruppe Ellen Tels: Mila Cirul - Nina Schelemskaja (War Dance)

 
Artist

Max Pollak

  1886 - 1970 (biography)
Year
c. 1925  
Technique
etching and color aquatint 
Image Size
19 x 21 11/16" platemark 
Signature
pencil, lower right 
Edition Size
38 of 50  
Annotations
pencil titled and editioned 
Reference
 
Paper
cream wove 
State
published 
Publisher
artist 
Inventory ID
22606 
Price
Price On Request 
Description
Mila Cirul (1901 - 1977) was a Latvian dancer who trained at the Moscow Ballet under famed teacher Mikael Mordkin before pursuing modern dance, inspired by Isadora Duncan. She studied with influential modern dancer Ellen Tels, with whom she started the Ellen Tels School in Vienna in 1919. She eventually became known for her solo work as well, performing in the operas of Berlin, Vienna, and Hanover, taking up a brief stints with the Munich Dance Congress and Margarethe Wallmann's Tanzegruppe. In 1932 she moved to Paris where she found fame as an avant garde performer, known for her passionate performances that contrasted with the classical compositions she danced to. She continued to dance until the 1940s when she began teaching, becoming a mentor to many of Paris' most famous modern dancers until her retirement in 1962.