Prima Ballerinas


Serge Lifar and Alicia Markova in Cimarosiana. Photographer unknown, undated. Howard D. Rothschild Collection. MS Thr 414.2 (91). Bequest, 1989.


The ballet Cimarosiana was a suite of six dances from the 1920 opera L’Astuce Féminine. Cimarosiana was first performed under the title Ballet de L’Astuce Féminine; the new title reflected the origin of the musical score, by the Italian baroque composer Domenico Cimarosa. The dancers are dressed in Siamese costume.