motivation for creating this website began the
first day I met Rosalind
deMille, when she and Olaf
Bolm, Adolph Bolm's son, began sorting through
their boxes of papers and photos. I was there
to help sort. The boxes were left by Rosalind's
and Olaf's mothers who had intended to inspire
a book about Adolph Bolm. This book has yet to
Olaf sums up my experience
that evening when he says, "I looked up and
saw Rosalind looking at one piece of paper, with
tears in her eyes. I looked over at Marilyn and
saw her looking at another piece of paper also
full of tears."
I remember at that moment I
was reading an article
written by Adolph Bolm about Anna Pavlova following
Rosalind had been re-reading
pages that reminded her of the man she'd loved
as a neighbor, dance teacher, and professional
inspiration all of her life, and had just come
across a picture
of Adolph's wife, Beatrice (or Beate), when she
was young. Rosalind told me later, "Mrs.
Bolm was so beautiful". Adolph and Beate
Bolm were neighbors of Rosalind's family as she
was growing up, and the Bolms often included Rosalind
in their family activities.
Whatever gentle force touched
me that night, it has been a constant companion
ever since, drawing me onward with a desire to
understand the integrity and heart of this man
so many in the dance world have admired. My life
has been transformed ever since.
I invite you to explore here
and find out what learning more about Adolph Bolm
might mean to you.