The only ballerina that comes close to the extraordinary quality of Fonteyn's bouree, in my opinion, is Natalia Bessmertnova. Watch her in "Raymonda". Even in the twilight of her career, she has a whispering, feathery bouree which is exquisite. I don't know if she possesses a floating quality, but her bouree is delicate, velvety and I never tire of watching it.
Oh, I love her in Raymonda. Bessmertnova seemed to move with such lightness and delicacy without looking twiggy as some other modern ballerinas. One can see this quality at its best in her Giselle. Definitely Mme. Bessmertnova.
Cristian, we are kindred spirits when it comes to Mme. Bessmertnova's Raymonda. She is quietly stunning and a model Princess Ballerina in that performance. Along with her lightness and delicacy, her footwork and especailly her port de bras are gorgeous. I also love that she brings regality and vulnerability to the role unlike so many other dancers who portray her as haughty and aloof.
In fact, MakarovaFan, right after watching the reconstruction with Novikova-(which I own )-I went back and watched Bessmertnova's, and you can tell that Mme DEFINITELY wins hands down in terms of grandeur and regal demeanor. Once more, my "Blanche Dubois" theory shows up again . I love mature ballerinas who still can beat technically her younger peers, because then they really have the whole package..!