Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:43 AM
I write with sad news that Yvonne died yesterday evening (Saturday) at her home.
Posted 30 September 2012 - 09:54 AM
My condolences to her family, friends, and students.
Rest in peace, Ms. Mounsey.
Posted 01 October 2012 - 06:14 AM
Posted 01 October 2012 - 12:44 PM
This is sad news. The generation of dancers who helped create a genuinely American ballet is slowly leaving us.
The good part of the larger story is how long and productively Ms. Mounsey was able to practice her art as dancer, teacher, school principal, coach, and stager. Bernard Taper's biography of Balanchine includes two large photographs of Mounsey dancing the Siren, to Francisco Moncion's Prodigal Son.
Here's another of the Prodigal Sun photos available on-line: http://artsmeme.imag...gal%20sonJr.jpg
And a link to Mounsey's biography, from the website of the school she directed, Westside Ballet in Santa Monica, California..
Mounsey was a Principal Dancer at the New York City Ballet from 1949 - 1958. (I started attending NYCB around the end of that period, but have lost a lot of the names and details.. I like to think I might have seen her as the Queen in The Cage, a work often performed around that time.)
In 2011 -- age 92 -- she was among thirty female dancers honored by receiving the 2011 Jerome Robbins Award. All had worked with Robbins. Here's a link, with photo of the winners on stage, along with some of Mounsey's thoughts concerning working with Jerry. That's Mounsey in the first photo standing center stage, arms spread wide.
Posted 02 October 2012 - 06:06 PM
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