Perhaps this should be a different thread, but while we're thinking of Danilova & Franklin's partnership... did they do Coppelia together?
Yes, they both danced in the London Sadlers Wells production of Coppelia in 1949 and I am not certain that they danced this ballet before that date but someone will certainly post the date of their first performance together.
They both famously did independent stagings of Coppelia, but I've never heard these compared in light of their having danced the lead roles opposite each other... Can't imagine this hasn't been done... hmmm... what search words to use...
Thank you Leonid!
Well... I'm not finding much, though after reading a few excerpts on Google books I really want to get the Franklin biography... wish it were selling for about $10 less... seems a lot for a paperback, but I'm sure it's going cheap considering what's between the pages.
One quote in the NY Times on the occasion of his ABT Coppelia staging
Not one for undue nostalgia, Mr. Franklin has capitalized on these expanded technical capacities by choreographing a new third-act solo for Franz, and tailoring the ending to each dancer's particular skills. ''Alexandra Danilova, who I often partnered in this ballet, told me that I had to give it a little juice,'' he said, referring to his tenure with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. ''But the other day, a Russian dance critic came to watch a rehearsal, and at the end she said to me: 'Yes, it is the Sergeyev choreography. I knew him, and this is how he did it.' I was so glad.''