David Wall, the former Royal Ballet principal and much loved balletmaster of English National Ballet died at home this afternoon. He had been suffering from cancer.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 09:59 AM
This is dreadful news. I never saw Wall dance live but I always liked him in clips and he was a great interview. He was part of a great age for British ballet. What a loss, and untimely too. RIP. Thank you for posting, Alymer.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 10:41 AM
What sad news for the ballet world.
He created the role of Prince Rudolph in "Mayerling." Here are two short videos preceded by photos, the first of which is from rehearsal and the second of which shows the same scene in costume.
Rest in peace, Mr. Wall.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:28 AM
RIP, David. May this hideous illness be swept away from the face of earth forever and ever at some point.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:16 PM
I've too always liked Mr. Wall. He appears on my tape of Manon, which I will now treasure all the more. RIP,
Posted 18 June 2013 - 01:53 PM
I think Lescaut was my favorite of the performances I saw him dance. (I probably only saw him do it the one time.)
Posted 18 June 2013 - 04:25 PM
This was a shock, as I did not know he was ill. I saw him both as Lescaut and as the Man in "Song of the Earth," among other roles, and admired him very much. RIP, Mr. Wall.
Posted 18 June 2013 - 11:28 PM
He was a wonderfully appealing performer -- even when he was playing characters who were not themselves appealing. I always felt like I got it, with the character he was playing.
Thank you, David Wall.
Posted 19 June 2013 - 07:23 AM
Ballet has lost a most noble danseur and genius dance actor. May David Wall rest in eternal peace.
Posted 19 June 2013 - 03:17 PM
Saw him many times in New York with the Royal Ballet. Wonderful dancer and artist, very honest, tremendous audience appeal. He never achieved the gigantic success of a Nureyev, but he was undeniably a major star at the Royal and contributed so much to the company's success. He was genuine and true. Sad news, indeed.
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