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An obituary for Elaine McDonald.

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Elaine McDonald, the ballerina, who has died aged 75, was the chief muse of one of Britain’s most important choreographers, Peter Darrell, finding an artistic understanding with him that generated some of the most adventurous new contemporary ballets of 1960s Britain and led to the establishing of the Scottish Ballet.

 

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A review of the English National Ballet and Matthew Bourne by Joy Sable in The Jewish Chronicle.

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On opening night, Odette/Odile was danced by the Russian ballerina, Jurgita Dronina. She is a wonderfully vulnerable Odette, hardly daring to believe that Prince Siegfried’s love will save her. Technically assured, she is a cold, calculating Odile, with a lovely extension and extravagant arms. As Siegfried, Isaac Hernandez has remarkable elevation and is a steady, reliable partner.

 

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