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The memory of our greatest ballet dancer, Milorad Miskovitch, has not faded. His friends and admirers met on December 13th, 2014 to pay homage to him at the invitation of the Serbian Cultural Center in Paris.
This was not the first time the “prince of dance” has represented us in this unique place in the French capital. Regrettably, he is no longer here to charm the audience with his charismatic personality. Eminent individuals from the Parisian cultural life who are familiar with Miskovitch’s artistic work and the significance of his great, largely French-based international career spoke on this occasion.
Mrs. Slavica Petrović, Director of the Cultural Center, was the first to address the gathering, followed by Dr. Konstantin Kontogiannis, General Secretary of CID UNESCO who spoke of Miskovitch, UNESCO’s artistic director for over ten years. Jean-Christophe Paré, one of the directors of the Paris Music and Dance Conservatory, spoke next.
An old friend of Milorad Miskovitch, the Italian dancer and choreographer, Toni Candeloro, played his thirty-minute film, The Afternoon of a Faun showing our artist in this cult ballet. Students of the Paris Conservatory, dressed in costumes from this ballet, illustrated several scene fragments.
Ethéry Pagava, Miskovitch’s partner from his early Parisian career, his Juliet in Lifar’s ballet Romeo and Juliet gave an emotional speech about the late dancer.
As the great dancer respected and loved our folk dance, the organizers closed the evening’s program with dances from Vranje, performed by young dancers of the folk dance society Biser from Paris.
On behalf of the artist’s wife, Mrs. Nita Servin Miskovitch, her young cousin from Dallas, Margaret Servin thanked the organizers, participants, and audience and gave away several copies of Miskovitch’s monograph, written by Jovan Ćirilov and Marija Janković-Šehović. This ballet artist and close friend of the Miskovitch family is from Belgrade and sent recorded material for the Paris homage from her personal archive at the request of the ballet pedagogue Mirjana Kostić, also a friend of the late artist’s family.