Melissa Hayden has diedBallerina was 83
Posted 09 August 2006 - 11:27 AM
Posted 09 August 2006 - 02:55 PM
Posted 09 August 2006 - 03:06 PM
I'm also very sorry to read this. She was a real favorite of mine when I was a new ballet goer.
I loved watching her use her powerful attack; it was really something to see.
I also remember her as a very nice lady, very cordial to us pesky fans.
Posted 09 August 2006 - 03:14 PM
Yisgadal v' yiskadash sh'mey rabbah.
Posted 09 August 2006 - 03:36 PM
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:01 PM
I agree, and I just hate this and as well, am totally shocked. I'll never forget her the one time I saw her (and I went there not even knowing she was dancing that night) in the one act 'Swan Lake', which is one of the five or so greatest performances by a ballerina I've ever seen. I was friendly at the time with one of the top young modern dance choreographers of the day (and continues) and he went on and on about how Melissa Hayden was 'such a great dancer.'
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:19 PM
I never truthfully thought of her as being 25 years my senior, because I would catch delightful performances, one of which in "Tchaikovsky pas de Deux" prompted Clive Barnes to write to the effect that it made sense for City Ballet to hold onto its senior ballerinas, "because they dance so young!"
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:20 PM
I guess that aired on PBS, what, 17 years ago now? Still, she looks so vigorous in that, the news comes as a shock. Time to go watch the tape.
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:23 PM
CARACOLE - Finale - w/ Hayden in the air of a sissone; from left in background: adams? leclercq & wilde.
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:28 PM
Hayden featured in GLINKIANA and in which she created the central role of Jota Argonese - c. 1967 - (i believe one can see in the background, R. Estopinal? E. Sieveling, D. Richardson, L.Stetson, and ? ?
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:30 PM
APOLLO w/ D'Amboise & (from left) Hayden, Adams, Wilde
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:31 PM
SWAN LAKE - Hayden & P. Martins
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:57 PM
At that time (late 50s), Tallchief was in the process of leaving and, I suspect, dancing less. It seemed to my inexperienced, awestruck eyes that Hayden was cast in everything -- was capable of everything. Firebird, Swan Lake (Act II), Agon, Apollo, and on and on.
She was also, in those years, the dancer with the strongest stage personallity, and the most power, of anyone in the company. She could be funny, assertive, poignant, and surprisingly Balanchinian. She was also the dancer who made me most aware of the music. Her partnership with d'Amboise was electric.
To this day, I retain images in my memory of Hayden dancing (along with the sections of music to which each image was peformed). These are actually more vivid and more moving than almost anything I remember from the season just past.
Posted 09 August 2006 - 04:58 PM
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