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 Post subject: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 4:21 pm 
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In the video "An Evening With the Royal Ballet," the first ballet is "Les Sylphides" with Fonteyn and Nureyev. There are no credits given for the other solo dancers. And there is one that is especially lovely. She looks very much like Fonteyn. I was told years ago that her name is Margaret Barbieri.

I did a search on this board and see that she is still actively teaching, etc.

But, can anyone tell me more about her career as a dancer?


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 6:38 pm 
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She was with Sadlers Wells Royal Ballet in the mid 70's. I had the pleasure of setting Boutique Fantastique with Leonide Massine on the company. She danced the Can Can doll with Desmond Healy. Peter Wright was the director then. We were lucky to have Fonteyn visit the studio to watch Mr Massine work. She was a much larger woman than Fonteyn.


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 7:13 pm 
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As I recall, two other soloists are Annette Page and Merle Parke. (How many soloists are there? I can't remember.)


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 8:19 pm 
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What I was wondering about was what her background? Who did she study under? What roles did she dance? Was she a soloist at Royal Ballet? When did she retire?

The friend who first mentioned her to me was an admirer of her dancing.

<small>[ 10-19-2002, 23:34: Message edited by: Basheva ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
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Whist I was there working in London, she was a principal dancer and was dancing Giselle. One might search Sadlers Wells Royal around 1977 or 78.


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sat Oct 19, 2002 9:48 pm 
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Just had a thought did your friend mean Margarite Porter? She looked very much like Fonteyn IMOH. She was a principal with the Royal Ballet. I had the great fortune to have been invited to a lunch in the 60's when the Royal Ballet came to SF. Also in attendance was Marilyn Trounsend and Gailene Stock who is now the principal of the school.


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 4:38 am 
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Lucy, many thanks for the information about working with Barbieri and Massine. It really is a treat.

I can't find much information about her here, perhaps some others can help.


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 7:46 am 
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The tape "An Evening with the Royal Ballet" was filmed in 1965 - that's the date Amazon.com lists it as. It's not very easy to see the faces of the other soloists. Fonteyn and Nureyev are occasionally shown in close-up - but not the other soloists.

There is one soloist who looks very much like Fonteyn and I have always wondered who it is. This friend of mine (from many years ago) was familiar with many of the Royal Ballet dancers (she danced and studied in London) and told me that it was Barbieri. Of course, she could have been wrong. I have no way of knowing.

I would like to know who the other soloists are in that Les Sylphides.

DJB - may I ask where you got the information that it was Page and Parke?


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 12:57 pm 
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djb is quite correct in that the soloists in that film are merle park (waltz) and annette page (mazurka), and it was filmed in 1963. 1965 is most likely a copyright date.

<small>[ 10-20-2002, 15:02: Message edited by: librarian ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 1:36 pm 
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Welcome librarian and thanks for the information. Any clues as to the dancer that Basheva is referring to, who might be Margaret Barbieri.

<small>[ 10-20-2002, 15:37: Message edited by: Stuart Sweeney ]</small>


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 3:10 pm 
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Welcome from me, too, Librarian.

Looks like that mystery is finally solved for me. Thanks. :)


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 6:27 pm 
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.......in answer to DJB's question above about the number of soloists....

In the complete Les Sylphides that I have of ABT, with D'Antonuo, Wright, Tcherkasky and Nagy - there are obviously three female soloists.

In the complete Les Sylphides that I have, also ABT, it is with Baryshnikov, Yeager, Harvey, Tcherkasky - again three female soloists.

In the complete Les Sylphides that I have of Kirov Ballet with Asylmuratova, Zaklinsky, and Yelena Pankova and Anna Polikarpova - again three female soloists.

So, are we still missing one female soloist's name from the "Evening with the Royal Ballet"?


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Sun Oct 20, 2002 7:34 pm 
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No, all soloists are accounted for. When I referred to 2 soloists, I meant in addition to Fonteyn and Nureyev. Annette Page is the one I think resembles Fonteyn, even when you can see her face clearly (which you can't in this video).

I can't locate my video, but I think the cast list for all the ballets is at the end of the entire video.

While looking for an online photo of Annette Page, I came across an interesting tidbit in some of Ronald Hynd's notes about Coppelia (Hynd is Page's husband). It seems Annette Page got some special notice by Danilova. Click below and scroll to the 3rd paragraph:

Coppelia Notes


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
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Yes, you are right, DJB, LOL - I forgot to include Fonteyn, which makes three.

That's an interesting site...


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 Post subject: Re: Margaret Barbieri
PostPosted: Mon Oct 21, 2002 6:29 am 
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I saw Annette Page dance many times - she appeared in most of the leading roles in the 1960s. Although I suppose she did bear a resemblance to Fonteyn in her dark-eyed, black-haired looks, there was a subtle difference in proportion and grace, and in real life you could never have confused the two. Page was a good, competent, professional performer, but she never came near that mysterious thing, greatness.


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