public forum
home forum magazine gallery links about faq courtesy
It is currently Sat Aug 23, 2014 11:22 am

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]




Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 
Author Message
 Post subject: Margot Fonteyn and Panamanian Politics
PostPosted: Wed Jun 02, 2010 12:02 am 
Offline

Joined: Tue Jan 04, 2000 12:01 am
Posts: 12164
Location: Seattle, WA, USA
The recent declassification of some fifty-year-old documents held in the British National Archives has led to a flurry of news articles about Dame Margot Fonteyn's participation in a failed coup d'etat in Panama. Here is a sample.

Ben Mcintyre in The Times.

The Times

Owen Bowcott in The Guardian.

The Guardian

Richard Alleyne in The Telegraph.

The Telegraph

David Gardner in the Financial Times.

Financial Times


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Margot Fonteyn and Panamanian Politics
PostPosted: Thu Jun 03, 2010 12:16 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Aug 28, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 255
Pretty bizarre. Reading Fonteyn's autobiorgraphy, I felt her politics could most kindly be described as "confused", but also pretty conservative (ties to Imperial Russian dancers, praise for Imelda Marcos, spurning calls to boycott Chile after a coup overthrew a democratic government, putting on separate performances for Blacks and white in then-apartheid South Africa). Not clear what her motivations were in this escapade.


Top
 Profile  
 
 Post subject: Re: Margot Fonteyn and Panamanian Politics
PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 5:08 am 
Offline

Joined: Wed Jun 06, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 1639
Location: London UK
I'v a feeling Fonteyn never actually had any politics and all her unfortunate actions were influenced by her husband who was right wing with dubious political figures as personal friends.

As for dancing in South Africa, I imagine that at that point in her career she would take on any engagements to pay her husband's medical bills. Whatever Fonteyn was though she was not a racist and returned to the UK with a young mixed race dancer whose career she sought to further and who eventually danced with Scottish Ballet.

In general I've always found that classical dancers tend to hold right of centre views but modern dancers adhere to the left: interesting that.


Top
 Profile E-mail  
 
 Post subject: Re: Margot Fonteyn and Panamanian Politics
PostPosted: Mon Jun 07, 2010 12:29 pm 
Offline

Joined: Tue Aug 28, 2001 11:01 pm
Posts: 255
Just to make it clear, I am not saying she was racist, just confused. She thought she could avoid problems by having 2 performances in South Africa and wondered why people made a fuss!

Interesting comment on the political divide in dance.


Top
 Profile  
 
Display posts from previous:  Sort by  
Post new topic Reply to topic  [ 4 posts ] 

All times are UTC - 7 hours [ DST ]


Who is online

Users browsing this forum: No registered users and 1 guest


You cannot post new topics in this forum
You cannot reply to topics in this forum
You cannot edit your posts in this forum
You cannot delete your posts in this forum
You cannot post attachments in this forum

Search for:
Jump to:  
The messages in this forum are posted by members of the general public and do not reflect the opinions or beliefs of CriticalDance or its staff.
Powered by phpBB © 2000, 2002, 2005, 2007 phpBB Group