Posted 09 November 2003 - 09:22 PM
Posted 09 November 2003 - 10:02 PM
-Alida Belair was born in 1944 in the south of France, where her parents were in hiding from the Nazis. Her family emigrated to Australia in 1949. She began studying ballet at the age of six, and joined the Borovansky Ballet Academy a year later. At the age of eleven she was chosen to play her first major role, with the Borovansky Ballet with whom she toured Australia over the following four years.
In 1962, at the age of eighteen, Alida travelled to Moscow, where she became the first Australian dancer to study with the Bolshoi Ballet Company. After her studies were interrupted by the Cuban missile crisis she went on to London, where she became a guest artist with the London ballet, the principal ballerina with Ballet Rambert. In 1966 she moved to the United States, where she danced with several prominent ballet companies including the American Ballet Theatre.
Sorry I wasnt much help.
Posted 09 November 2003 - 10:51 PM
Posted 10 November 2003 - 02:54 AM
I've also read her autobiography, "Out of Step" and consider it one of the better dance biographies around. She certainly writes with honesty and provides an invaluable insight into many of the dance personalities of the time.
Posted 10 November 2003 - 09:56 PM
Posted 11 November 2003 - 06:59 AM
Croydon is a very large town just outside London and the Ashcroft Theatre is what I would call a typical provincial venue suitable for a smaller touring company. Ballet Rambert had as its home base the tiny Mercury Theatre in Notting Hill, which was little more than a church hall. If you have ever seen the famous ballet film "The Red Shoes", the scene where Moira Shearer dances Swan Lake to a defective record player takes place in the Mercury Theatre and of course Marie Rambert herself is in that scene.
Posted 13 December 2003 - 03:48 PM
Thanks for the interesting tidbits, Mashinka. I'll have to re-watch the Red Shoes.
I did suspect that you would've been too young to remember any performances from 1964
Posted 29 March 2008 - 02:11 PM
Biographical information from web and newspaper articles. She is married to Simon Sempill with two children and is one of Australia's leading pilates practitioners. She has also written "Travel Pilates: Fitness To Go" and "How to Look Like a Dancer (Without Being One)".
Posted 29 March 2008 - 10:32 PM
The next day Rambert coolly announced that I would dance Giselle on the Saturday matinee. This time I had a day to learn an entirely new production of Giselle with a new company. Each of Mim's demands seemed more audacious than the last; in these past few days I had begun to discover that she was not only a hard taskmaster, but also incorrigibly Machiavellian.
My one rehearsal day was a shambles. It took place on the narrow strip of carpet between the front row of the stalls and the orchestra pit. While the rest of the company were rehearsing other sections of Giselle, their new leading lady was navigating herself around the kettle drums and the conductor's podium....
Apart from Ken [Ken Bannerman], who I had already been told would dance the role of Albrecht to my Giselle, I had not the foggiest notion who else was in the cast. I presumed that I would recognize Hilarian by his villainous make-up and attire. But how would I recognize the friends with whom Giselle had supposedly grown up?"....
When I balloneéed out of Giselle's cottage on that Saturday matinee, I felt so disorientated that I might as well have landed on the moon. I tried to familiarize myself with my new terrain, new props and people as quickly as I could. It wouldn't do to look as if I didn't recognize my own front door! Once again I was steered through most of the first act by assorted helping hands, Ken's brilliant partnering and some (at times conflicting) instructions from the wings."
Page 200 of Out of Step: A Dancer Reflects by Alida Belair
Posted 29 April 2012 - 08:04 PM
For anyone interested, it is available here
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