Ballerinas/danseurs who met tragic ends in real life
Posted 08 July 2003 - 07:39 AM
They were travelling south, to dance in one of the provinces, when the aircraft plunged into the River Plate. They all died drowned.
After this was that Liliana Belfiore took the place of prima ballerina at the theatre, as this place was left vacant after Fontenla's death.
There is a memorial of them near the theatre now.
Posted 09 July 2003 - 07:27 AM
José Neglia, Norma Fontenla, Margarita Fernández, Carlos Schiaffino, Rubén Estanga, Martha Raspanti, Carlos Santamarina, Sara Bochkovsky and Antonio Zambrana.
It was October 10, 1971
Posted 09 July 2003 - 11:41 PM
Posted 10 July 2003 - 04:19 AM
And thank you for your story, silvy. That happened before I was interested in dance, and so I have no memory of it. It's horrible -- a personal tragedy, of coruse, for many, but a tragedy for the country's ballet life as well.
Posted 06 August 2003 - 04:38 PM
As he got older and tried to cope with the problems of being separated from his wife, and of no longer being the young, vital dancer he once was, he died of a self-inflicted gunshot wound. Tragically, not many years later, his wife died while piloting a plane in France. To this day, I miss them both.
Posted 11 August 2003 - 03:22 PM
macmillan's relatively early and dramatic death might belong in this thread category...
choo san goh's loss is a massive one to contemporary (i.e. today's) ballet, in my view.
beriosova's demise, after years of visible alcoholism in london, was sad.
elaine fifield, the original RB pineapple poll, died here in perth (western australia), a few years back. she resolutely avoided anything to do with ballet for the last 'half' (loosely speaking) of her life.
Posted 11 August 2003 - 07:53 PM
Posted 12 August 2003 - 04:37 AM
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Posted 12 August 2003 - 05:47 AM
What did Erik Bruhn die of? And John Cranko?
Posted 12 August 2003 - 06:07 AM
John Gilpin's death I also consider tragic: after battling with alcoholism and surviving thrombosis (he was lucky not to lose his leg), he at last found happiness after marrying his long time friend and confidante, Princess Antoinette of Monaco. He died of a heart attack only months after the wedding.
Posted 12 August 2003 - 12:01 PM
Posted 12 August 2003 - 12:06 PM
Posted 12 August 2003 - 01:04 PM
Now, as to Bruhn's death, in 1986, at that time AIDS/HIV was still a Great Unspeakable in many quarters, and it wasn't until the death of Robert Joffrey the following year that the "cover stories" of previous cases started unraveling. In Joffrey's case, the cover was particularly outlandish - a liver failure brought on by antiasthmatic medication. It blew apart in hours, when medical reporters expressed ignorance of any such drug with lethal hepatic side-effects.
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