Posted 02 December 2004 - 03:57 AM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 04:34 AM
May light perpetual shine upon her.
Posted 02 December 2004 - 08:16 AM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 09:45 AM
I was just watching bits of Markova dancing on the "Portrait of Giselle" video, and was really astonished by the strength -- light strength, but strength -- and clarity of her dancing.
I love that video -- I wish it was still commerically available. She is everything you say, but also, I thought, a very interesting actress. Her "counting petals" sequence had a fascinating abstract quality to it. I know that the current taste is for realistic Giselles, especially in the first act, but this was a kind of abstraction of emotion that flowed seamelessly into the dancing itself.
What awful news. She was a link to a part of English ballet that seems to be slipping away.
Posted 02 December 2004 - 11:05 AM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 12:05 PM
I also understand she was a gracious and lovely human being who was always giving of her knowledge and love of the art form she cherished so much. And from evidence of her autobiograhpy a wonderful storyteller. Her passing truly marks the end of one of the most extraoridinary, significant and magnificent eras in the history of ballet.
MAY THE GRACE OF GOD BLESS AND KEEP YOU, DAME ALICIA
Posted 02 December 2004 - 01:21 PM
Posted 02 December 2004 - 08:09 PM
That was one of the Balanchine Foundation's projects, I think.
of her coaching a young dancer in her role in Chant du Rossignol
There was a time, I think, that ballerinas were expected to look like Markova... to the point where, I believe, blonde was considered not quite right. Perhaps the way young dancers were once trying to look like Suzanne Farrell.
Posted 03 December 2004 - 09:16 AM
Posted 03 December 2004 - 02:59 PM
I do have BBC World News, but what a pity, I missed this.
It's Ashton's Foyer de Danse, I think.
In fact, I never saw Markova perform live, but I would have loved to see her Giselle. I have been told that she was "the" Giselle, even when she was getting on.
Posted 03 December 2004 - 07:26 PM
Posted 03 December 2004 - 07:52 PM
She really had a remarkable life, child star, prima ballerina in both the Old World and the New, founder of a company (what is now English National Ballet). I'm not sure even our most senior posters will remember her dancing, but if anyone does have dancing memories I hope they'll post them.
Edited by Alexandra, 03 December 2004 - 07:57 PM.
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