Cool people from the Past: Tashamira

July 15, 2009

I wanted to post this on my blog for a long time… Tashamira was a Croatian dancer and choreographer whose real name was Vera Milcinovic. When I saw her photos from 1930’s at the exhibition ‘Avant Garde Tendencies in Croatian Art’ few years ago, I was completely thrilled.

First, her name sounds even today very hype and cool. But Tashamira’s ‘image’ was crucial, just take a look at her costume and hair cut. She was also one of those faces that were far ahead of their time.

Tashamira_1.jpgTashamira, taken from the catalog by Klovicevi dvori

Tashamira was a student of Rudolph Laban with a significant solo career in the United States. In 1931 she was the first dancer, selected through audition, who had a 15 minute TV special at the Columbia Television Transmitter W 2 x AB which was broadcast every Tuesday at 10pm. In 1935 she decided to come back to Croatia where she left a mark on domestic scene creating a series of choreographies entitled ‘Negro Spirituals’.

Tashamira_2.jpgTashamira, taken from the catalog by Klovicevi dvori

It’s interesting to mark here that she used Gospel and Blues several decades before famous choreographer Alvin Ailey took fame with these genres. (Source: from text by dance historian Maja Durinovic ‘Golden thirties in Zagreb’ published in the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Avant Garde Tendencies in Croatian Art’ in Klovicevi dvori Gallery, 2007)

Tashamira_3.jpgTashamira, taken from the catalog by Klovicevi dvori

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Photo taken from film.virtual-history.com

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Flayer for a guest performance found on auction site

 

I wanted to post this on my blog for a long time… Tashamira was a Croatian dancer whose real name was Vera Milcinovic. When I first time saw her photos from 1930’s at the exhibition ‘Avant Garde Tendencies in Croatian Art’ few years ago, I was completely thrilled…

First, her name sounds even today very hype and cool… But Tashamita’s ‘image’ was crucial, just take a look at her costume and hair cut… She was also one of those faces that were far ahead of their time…

Tashamira was a student of Rudolph Laban who had a significant carrier in the United States. In 1931 she was the first dancer, selected through audition, who had a 15 minute TV special at the Columbia Television Transmitter W 2 x AB which was broadcast every Tuesday at 10pm. In 1935 she decided to come back to Croatia where she left a mark on domestic scene creating a series of choreographies entitled ‘Negro Spirituals’.

It’s interesting to mark here that she used Gospel and Blues several decades before famous choreographer Alvin Ailey took fame with these genres. (Source: from text by dance historian Maja Durinovic ‘Golden thirties in Zagreb’ published in the catalogue of the exhibition ‘Avant Garde Tendencies in Croatian Art’ in Klovicevi dvori Gallery)

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