Pavlova 2012 | Anna Pavlova website launched with event listings
2012 marks the centenary of ballet dancer Anna Pavlova making London, and Ivy House, her home. Pavlova lived at Ivy House from 1912 until her death in 1931. The the London Jewish Cultural Centre has launched a special website where you’ll find details of all the up-coming events to celebrate this centenary. During June, there will be workshops, talks and performances and I’ve highlighted a couple here. All Pavlova 2012 events can be booked online or by calling 020 8457 5000.
How good are you at cooking ? Newly launched, a Pavlova competition (to find the perfect Pavlova recipe) will test your mettle in the kitchen! Judged by New Zealand chef Peter Gordon, the winning dessert will be created in his kitchen.
You are invited to submit your own personal “Pavlova-inspired” recipe.
The website gives more information, “no one knows who first created the dessert. In 1926 Anna Pavlova toured both Australia & New Zealand and it was following this that the name and the recipes first began to appear. There is a controversy with both Australia and New Zealand as to where it originated and both countries claim to have invented this dessert and have it as their national dish.
Keith Money, a Pavlova biographer, wrote in his 1982 book Anna Pavlova: Her Life and Art that a chef at a hotel in Wellington, New Zealand, visited by Pavlova during her tour, was inspired to create the dish by her tutu, draped in green silk cabbage roses. The basic shape of the tutu was provided by a meringue case, while the froth of the skirt’s net was suggested by whipped cream. To achieve the effect of the green roses the enterprising chef used slices of kiwi fruit.”
The Competition rules
To enter the competition, please submit your own personal “Pavlova-inspired” recipe and the following information, with an optional photo of your dessert, by Sunday 15 April: Name | Address | Phone number | Email | Age (optional) | Recipe (vegetarian ingredients only)
Please send this via email to: firstname.lastname@example.org or post to Julia Braun, Pavlova Competition, LJCC, Ivy House, 94-96 North End Road, NW11 7SX.
Please also check the full terms and conditions via the website (links above).
The Judge, Peter Gordon is renowned for his unique culinary philosophy, influenced by his extensive travels around the world. Peter has award-winning restaurants both in Auckland and London. In December 2010, Peter added a second London restaurant, Kopapa, to his successful The Providores and Tapa Room, in the vibrant Seven Dials area of Covent Garden. He has also written six cookbooks, the most recent being Fusion: A Culinary Journey, and contributed to another dozen.The PrizeThe winning recipe, after being tried and tested by Peter Gordon, will go on the menu of his London restaurant The Providores & his Auckland restaurant dine by Peter Gordon for a month. Gordon says, “Pavlova is one of New Zealand’s most iconic exports – definitely a candidate to be our national dish – and I’m really excited about judging this competition to find the perfect recipe. My Mum, who lives back in New Zealand, makes the best ‘pav’ I’ve tried so far, and I’m keen to see if anyone can match or beat her recipe! 2012 marks the centenary of Anna Pavlova (for whom the dish is named, of course) making London’s Ivy House her home, and I’m delighted that this competition is forming part of the celebrations.”
Watch this video if you need some inspiration for your Pavlova recipe
An Intimate Evening with Anna Pavlova at the Linbury Studio Theatre, Royal Opera House, Covent Garden
Sunday 17th June
Choreographer Liam Scarlett will reconstruct Pavlova’s ravishing ballet Autumn Leaves for the evening. This unique programme, devised by Sir Anthony Dowell, Lady Anya Sainsbury and Ursula Hageli, will be directed by the notable and distinguished John Copley.
*Please note, event DOES NOT take place at Ivy House & tickets can only be booked through the Royal Opera House Box Office – Tel: 020 7304 4000 and online via the Royal Opera House website. Booking opens Monday 5 March.
Generously supported by Selfridges and the Blavatnik Family Foundation.
Pavlova and the Modern Ballerina | Tamara Rojo
Sunday 24th June
Royal Ballet principal Tamara Rojo explores dramatic expression in dance. Pavlova’s charismatic interpretations inspired audiences throughout the world and continue today through Rojo’s artistry.
Please check the website for the full programme.
Pavlova Day at Ivy House is part of Big Dance 2012.
Big Dance is funded by Legacy Trust UK and delivered by Mayor of London and Arts Council England.
Keith Money’s book is available via Amazon