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Sono Osato, RIP

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Sono Osato has died at age 99.

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In the 1930s, Ms. Osato was a groundbreaking presence in Col. Wassily de Basil’s Ballets Russes, the world’s most widely known ballet company. She was the company’s youngest dancer when she joined, at 14; she was also its first performer of Japanese descent.

 

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Osato wrote a fine memoir, "Distant Dances." She also figures in Agnes de Mille's memoirs.

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I guess I am probably the one one on this website to  have seen her as the original "Miss Turnstiles" in "On The Town".  I had missed her performances with Ballet Theatre by a couple of years but was fortunate to finally catch up with her.  How I wished I could hav e seen her as Rosalind in Tudor's R&J.  Loved that closeup of her in 'Midsummer Nights Dream'!!

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You may well be, atm711. Thank you so much for posting, it's always good to hear from you.

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I second on Osato's book. A very good read. She had a wonderful, important career. RIP.

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I just saw this sad news--but certainly she lived a long, rich life. I remember admiring her book as well.

May she rest in peace.

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