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.
Milorad Miskovitch Foundation presented the laureates for this year’s awards on March 27 2012 at the National Theater in Belgrade. The ceremony took place on the Big stage after the ballet Don Quixote with audience and numerous guests present, together with entire ensemble of the national house.
The first winners of these prestigious awards are two young principal dancers Jovan Veselinovic and Jovica Begojev, interpreters of all first roles in classical and modern repertory of the theater. Prizes are intended to stimulate professional development of young dancers, to encourage them to continue to enrich and improve their interpretations, technical and artistic achievements.
Mr. Miskovitch has rewarded two young artists with crystal statuettes and money prizes in the amount of 7000 Euros total.
As Mr. Miskovitch was unable to travel to Belgrade the speeches on Foundation and nominees were given by representatives of the Foundation: Marija Jankovic the executive director and Milos Dujaković co-director. The awards presentation was greeted with thunderous applause of the audience.
XV Anniversary International Ballet Festival
Miami 2010/ USA
RENOWNED PERSONALITY OF DANCE
Mr. MILORAD MISKOVITCH
Recipient of A LIFE FOR DANCE
Lifetime Achievement Award
Jackie Gleason Theater
Saturday, Septembre 11, 8:00 PM
ETOILES GRAND CLASSICAL GALA
Hommage to Legendary
Principal Dancer and Choreographer
Recipient of the
A LIFE FOR DANCE
Lifetime Achievement Award
BALLETTO DE LA OPERA DE VERONA (ITALY)
BALLET ESTABLE TEATRO COLON (ARGENTINA)
COMPANIA NACIONAL DE DANZA NACHO DUATO (SPAIN)
COMPANIA NACIONAL DE DANZA (MEXICO)
THE HUNGARIAN NATIONAL BALLET (HUNGARY)
ENGLISH NATIONAL BALLET (ENGLAND)
AMERICAN BALLET THEATER
NEW YORK CITY BALLET
VIENNA STATE OPERA BALLET (AUSTRIA)
SLOVENE NATIONAL BALLET (SLOVENIA)
In September 2009 the complete archive of Milorad Miskovitch was transferred from Paris to the Historical Archives of Belgrade. The archive contains:
– several thousand photographs from different periods and roles: solos, with partners, from the stage, films and television;
– reviews, press articles and stories covering his 60-year-long career;
– programmes and posters illustrating the whole creative period of the artist and his Ballets de Paris M. Miskovitch;
– several original costumes worn by M. Miskovitch in some of his important roles;
– about 650 books on classical and modern dance and other art books;
– a large number of original sketches of costumes and sets by well-known French painters and costume and set designers of the time.
Dancing Life, a big luxury monograph about the artist was published at the initiative of Branka Prpa, the director the Historical Archives of Belgrade and with the help of the Secretariat for Culture of the City of Belgrade. The editors were Jovan Ćirilov and Marija Janković and the layout was provided by Dragana Lacmanović. In the Foreword Branka Prpa explained the reasons behind this book:
“Every reader of the book about the great ballet dancer Milorad Miskovitch can rightfully ask why is this project backed by the Historical Archives of Belgrade. How can the historiographic concreteness, as embodied in documents, turn its eyes to the affective, transcendental, non-verbal? Or does such complete individualisation of history embodied in a given name and surname mean that its vision narrows down to boundaries which render it meaningless?
The answers to these questions are as provocative as the questions themselves. For we need to remind ourselves that historiography is a humanistic science. And yet, we have dehumanised it and we did it at the moment when we chased out of it any idea of an individual or a subject as an individual as well as a general maker of history…”
National Theatre, Belgrade
The book was presented to the public at the National Theatre in Belgrade in cooperation with the theatre’s management, Ballet director Konstantin Kostiukov and the deputy director Miloš Dujaković.
The soloists Bojana Žegarac and Jovica Begojev and the corps de ballet of the National Theatre danced the suite from Don Quixote by Minkus.