This time I swear I wasn’t looking for ballet!
I spent the last weekend in the gorgeous town of Lenox, Massachusetts. This area was the hugely popular during the so called ‘Gilded Age’ and is full of beautiful estates called ‘cottages’.
I went to visited the gorgeous Ventfort Hall – built for Sarah Morgan. https://www.gildedage.org/ After a chequered chronology this became the home of the Fokine Ballet Summer Camp in the 1960. The school bought the house in 1965 and maintained it until 1976.
When I heard this I was intrigued – what was this camp and what, if any, was the connection to Fokine?
The Fokine Ballet Summer Camp and School were in fact run by Christine Fokine Biddleman – whose first husband was Vitale Fokine – the son of Michel Fokine. It seems that after her divorce she kept the name and used it’s influence if the established of her ballet school and camp.
Christine (b. 1920 – d. 1981), according to her obituary in the New York Times, had been a member of the Ballet Russes de Monte Carlo in Europe and danced here with the Metropolitan Opera and the Fokine Ballet.
I have not yet been able to find out much about the camp – but will keep digging.
The Ballets Russes follows me everywhere!