Anna Pavlova ( January 31] 1881 – January 23, 1931) was a Russian ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries. She was a principal artist of the Imperial Russian Ballet and the Ballets Russes of Sergei Diaghilev.
Anna Pavlova in The Dragonfly. Pavlova choreographed several solos herself, one of which is The Dragonfly, a short ballet set to music by Fritz Kreisler. While performing the role, Pavlova wore a gossamer gown with large dragonfly wings fixed to the back. It showcased “her lyricism, expressiveness, and unique ability to fully embody the roles she performed.” writes Lindsey Grites Weeks.