Margot Fonteyn
British ballerina
Margot Fonteyn
Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias, DBE, was an English ballerina of the 20th century. She is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. She spent her entire career as a dancer with the Royal Ballet, eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by HM Queen Elizabeth II.
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Mostras de Cinema e Sessões Extras - 26 de agosto a 1º de setembro - Jornal do Brasil
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E ainda apresenta uma versão em HD inédita no Brasil de O Lago dos Cisnes, protagonizada pelos lendários bailarinos Margot Fonteyn e Rudolf Nureyev. As reapresentações acontecem de 26 de agosto a 1º de setembro no Kinoplex Fashion Mall 2 e Cinépolis
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Nica Burns: queen of Edinburgh comedy - The Guardian
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A former banana-ripening warehouse, it had been bought by Albery's father Donald as a rehearsal space for Margot Fonteyn (Donmar is a portmanteau of their first names), then used by the RSC as its London pied-à-terre in the late 70s
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Carmel Valley director Francine Garton was born 'to teach and inspire children' - Del Mar Times
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Margot Fonteyn, Mikhail Baryshnikov, Simon Cowell, Celine Dion, Princess Diana, Alex Ferguson, Michael Jackson, My husband Billy. 6. Tell us about what you are currently reading. Nothing right now as I'm so busy getting the new studio ready
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Ballet prodigy wows Wagga in her farewell - Daily Advertiser
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The Japanese-born, New Zealand raised, star has been hailed by some as the new Margot Fonteyn and is attracting global recognition. At the weekend she performed in the Australian Ballet's production of Don Quixote at the Civic Theatre in front of
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Hayley Turner grabs second Group One on Margot Did in Coolmore Nunthorpe - Telegraph.co.uk
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Margot Did, by Exceed And Excel out of Special Dancer, was named after Margot Fonteyn. Turner has remained loyal to the filly, and the owners have reciprocated, even when “things haven't worked out” in some races, according to the jockey
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You cannot rush ballet - Edmonton Journal
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Deborah should know about good training: she herself trained at England's prestigious Royal Ballet School, the same school that produced Dame Margot Fonteyn, Darcey Bussell OBE and Christopher Wheeldon, to name but a few. And Deborah's faculty are
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The great escape: stars go wild in the countryside - Observer
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This puts her in the daunting position of being heir to Darcey Bussell, Deborah Bull, even Margot Fonteyn. It's a burden, but with her recent performance as the lead in Alice's Adventures in Wonderland, she is fast becoming a national treasure
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Mime clown Nola Rae - Prague Post
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Away from comedy, the mime looks up to the eminent ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Rae did, after all, begin her artistic career as a ballerina, and for some time struggled to choose between a career of dance or mime, until she received a pivotal piece of
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Family lead Trimmer a merry dance - The Dominion Post
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He danced for the Australian Ballet and Danish Ballet and performed with Dame Margot Fonteyn, Rudolf Nureyev and many of the world's top dancers. Over the past 20 years he has performed mainly character roles with the Royal New Zealand Ballet,
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Picturehouse at FACT unveils its inaugural Screen Arts Festival - Liverpool Echo
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Visitors will have the chance to see the UK premiere of a new restoration of Tchaikovsky's Swan Lake from 1966 featuring Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn. The opera strand boasts three productions from the Met Opera 2010/2011 season and a live
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Screen Arts Festival, City Screen, York, July 29- August 11 - The Press, York
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Ballet highlights include the August 1 British premiere of a new restoration of Nureyev and Fonteyn: Swan Lake, featuring the classic partnership of Rudolf Nureyev and Margot Fonteyn, filmed by Austrian director Truck Branns at the Vienna State Opera
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Dance review: 'Momentum' takes a mind trip - Minneapolis Star Tribune
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Chris Yon's lavishly titled "Echo Park Dream Ballet Essay: Les Sylphides Without Margot Fonteyn v. the Pips Without Gladys Knight" subverts the lines between personal memory and cultural nostalgia. Kaleena Miller's "Fleet" taps into the unpredictable
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Ballerina Hannah O'Neill goes from Wagga Wagga to the world - The Daily Telegraph
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Australian Ballet School student Hannah O'Neill / Pic: Lynette Wills Source: The Daily Telegraph HANNAH O'Neill, the 18-year-old Aussie ballerina tipped to become the next Margot Fonteyn, may be jetting to Paris to join the prestigious Opera Ballet but
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A Flying Giselle, Coming Right at You - New York Times
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The clips of black-and-white silent film of Olga Spessivtseva (1932) and Margot Fonteyn (1937) used to be rare as gold dust; now you can see them on YouTube. The ancient film technology, however, makes anyone watching today frustrated by its obvious
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Roland Petit - Telegraph.co.uk
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However Petit was also wooing Margot Fonteyn, prima ballerina of Sadler's Wells Ballet, with whom he was having an affair. Fonteyn had cosmetic surgery to shorten her nose at his suggestion (though the operation was redone in London)
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Timeline
Learn about memorable moments in the evolution of Margot Fonteyn
    LATE_ADULTHOOD
  • 1991
    Age 71
    She died on 21 February 1991 in a hospital in Panama City, Panama, aged 71.
    More Details Hide Details Fonteyn wrote the introduction for Wushu! The Chinese Way to Family Health and Fitness. The book was translated for the Western market by Timothy Tung from a series of official handbooks published in China by The People's Sports Publishing House, Beijing. The "Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet" in Peekskill, New York, is named in her honour. Margot wore Freed of London Ballet Pointe shoes in size 4. During her younger years Margot resided at 44 Waldeck Road Ealing, London & 3 Elm Grove Ealing, London. It was at Waldeck Road that Danemen writes "It was on the polished oak staircase of the house in Waldeck Road that Margot claims to have had an experience of flying".
  • 1989
    Age 69
    After her retirement she spent all her time in Panama, and was close to her husband and his children from an earlier marriage. Shortly before her husband's death, in 1989, Fonteyn was diagnosed with a cancer that proved fatal.
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  • FIFTIES
  • 1979
    Age 59
    As a dancer she made her last appearance in Nureyev's 1979 summer season, and in February 1986 (aged 66) she appeared on stage for the last time, as the Queen in The Sleeping Beauty.
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    They created an on-and-offstage partnership that lasted until her retirement in 1979 at age 61, and were lifelong friends.
    More Details Hide Details Fonteyn and Nureyev became known for inspiring repeated frenzied curtain calls and bouquet tosses. Sir Frederick Ashton choreographed Marguerite and Armand for them, which no other couple danced until the 21st century. They debuted Kenneth MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, although MacMillan had conceived the ballet for Lynn Seymour and Christopher Gable. Fonteyn and Nureyev appeared together in the filmed versions of MacMillan's Romeo and Juliet, Swan Lake, Les Sylphides, and the Le Corsaire Pas de Deux. Despite differences in background and temperament, and a 19-year gap in ages, Nureyev and Fonteyn became close lifelong friends and were famously loyal to each other. Fonteyn would not approve an unflattering photograph of Nureyev. He said about her: "At the end of 'Lac des Cygnes' when she left the stage in her great white tutu I would have followed her to the end of the world."
  • 1975
    Age 55
    Fonteyn presented her own six-part BBC2 series entitled The Magic of Dance in 1975, exploring the history of dance through five centuries, but it seems to have been lost since.
    More Details Hide Details The series caused a stir because up to that time she had not been known for speaking on camera. Terry Wogan commented that if that was an amateur speaking then the professionals should take note. She appeared with Michael Somes in a live US television colour production of Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty (1955), for the anthology series Producers' Showcase, on NBC. This production has been preserved on black-and-white kinescope, and released on DVD. Fonteyn starred with Somes in a 1958 British TV production of The Nutcracker. (This is not to be confused with the live US television production telecast by CBS on Playhouse 90.) The BBC made a film about Fonteyn in 2009, based on Daneman's biography and starring Anne-Marie Duff as the ballerina. It aired on 30 November 2009. Tony Palmer made a documentary about Fonteyn, titled simply Margot (2005). It includes interviews with Nureyev, Sir Frederick Ashton, Roland Petit, Ninette de Valois, Robert Helpman, Lynn Seymour, Fonteyn's sister-in-law and other relatives, and various members of the Arias family.
  • FORTIES
  • 1967
    Age 47
    Fonteyn and Nureyev starred together in a colour film of Swan Lake in 1967.
    More Details Hide Details Under the guidance of director Paul Czinner, they also filmed their famous version of Romeo and Juliet in 1966.
  • THIRTIES
  • 1959
    Age 39
    She was arrested when Arias attempted a coup d'état against the Panamanian government in 1959.
    More Details Hide Details Information released on 28 May 2010 indicated Dame Margot knew of, and at one point was involved in, the coup attempt. In 1964, a rival Panamanian politician shot Arias, leaving him a quadriplegic for the rest of his life.
  • 1955
    Age 35
    In 1955 Fonteyn married Dr Roberto Arias, a Panamanian diplomat to London.
    More Details Hide Details Their marriage was initially rocky because of his infidelities.
  • TWENTIES
  • 1949
    Age 29
    In 1949 when the Royal Ballet toured the United States, Fonteyn instantly became a celebrity for her performances.
    More Details Hide Details In the 1940s she and Robert Helpmann formed a very successful dance partnership, and they toured together for several years. In the 1950s, she danced regularly with Michael Somes (they had first danced together in 1938, when they created Constant Lambert's Horoscope). In 1955 they danced together in the first ever colour telecast of a ballet, NBC's production of The Sleeping Beauty. In 1958 they appeared together in the first British televised version of The Nutcracker. She named him the favourite partner of her entire career. Fonteyn began her greatest artistic partnership at a time when many people (including the head of the Royal Ballet, Ninette de Valois) thought she was about to retire. In 1961, Rudolf Nureyev defected to the West, and on 21 February 1962 he and Fonteyn first performed together in Giselle. She was 42 and he was 24. Their performance was a great success; during the curtain calls Nureyev dropped to his knees and kissed Fonteyn's hand.
  • TEENAGE
  • 1939
    Age 19
    By 1939, Fonteyn had performed principal roles in Giselle, Swan Lake and The Sleeping Beauty and was appointed Prima Ballerina.
    More Details Hide Details She was most noted in the ballets of Sir Frederick Ashton, including Ondine, Daphnis and Chloe, and Sylvia. She was especially renowned for her portrayal of Aurora in Tchaikovsky's The Sleeping Beauty (televised versions of Sleeping Beauty and Ashton's version of Cinderella are now available on DVD). Fonteyn also worked with choreographer Roland Petit and, later in life, Martha Graham.
  • 1933
    Age 13
    In 1933 she joined the Vic-Wells Ballet School, the predecessor of today's Royal Ballet School, training under the direction of Ninette de Valois and such teachers as Olga Preobrajenska and Mathilde Kschessinska Krzesinska.
    More Details Hide Details After starting with the Vic-Wells Ballet, she rose quickly through the ranks of the company.
  • CHILDHOOD
  • 1919
    Born
    Fonteyn was born Margaret Evelyn Hookham on 18 May 1919 in Reigate, Surrey, to a British father and a half-Irish half-Brazilian mother.
    More Details Hide Details Her mother's father was a Brazilian industrialist Antonio Fontes. Very early in her career Margaret transformed "Fontes" into "Fonteyn" (a surname her brother also adopted) and "Margaret" into "Margot". Among her father's family were people in literature and music, but he was an engineer. At four years of age her mother signed her up for ballet classes with her older brother. At age eight, Margot made the long journey to China with her mother and father, who had taken employment with a tobacco company there; her brother Felix remained at his school. For six years Margot lived in TianJin, then to Shanghai, where she studied ballet with Russian émigré teacher George Goncharov. Her mother brought her back to London when she was 14, to pursue a ballet career. Continuing to work in Shanghai, her father was interned during World War II by the invading Japanese.
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