Darcey Bussell to retire
Posted 14 October 2005 - 05:56 AM
"Darcey Bussell, one of Covent Garden's biggest crowd-pullers and the most popular British ballerina since Margot Fonteyn, announced her retirement as principal dancer with the Royal Ballet yesterday."
The Daily Telegraph
I have always known this would happen sooner or later. I just hope I get the chance to see her perform again before she goes. She is, in my opinion, one of the most wonderful dancers I have ever seen.
Posted 14 October 2005 - 08:22 AM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 08:28 AM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 09:14 AM
Posted 14 October 2005 - 11:08 AM
Helene's point is important here. She's continuing through this season. After that, she's retiring as *principal* with the company and will be Principal Guest Artist - with few contractural obligations and a greater ability to have her own say in both rep and partners (who, at this stage, are increasingly also guest artists). It also gives her greater flexibility to guest elsewhere.
The whole time I saw Margot Fonteyn (from the late 60s well into the 70s) with the RB she danced under this kind of arrangement.
And I believe she started this well before I saw her, back in the early-mid 60s
This is not to quess how long Bussell will dance on this kind of basis but it could be one season or a couple of them
Posted 14 October 2005 - 08:33 PM
Posted 15 October 2005 - 01:10 AM
Solor, I like your point particularly. She is, as you say, a classy dame.
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