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 Post subject: Interview with Miyako Yoshida
PostPosted: Mon Jul 22, 2002 12:43 am 
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<B>Look forward to the past</B><BR>Classically minded dancers like Miyako Yoshida may be an endangered species in a more modern-thinking Royal Ballet. But she has no plans to change, she tells our critic. By Debra Craine for The Times.<P> <BR>She doesn’t grab the headlines, she doesn’t get many first nights and she can probably dine in a London restaurant without being recognised. But Miyako Yoshida is one of the Royal Ballet’s greatest treasures. If you haven’t seen her dance, you won’t know what I mean. But if you have, you will know that she is what classical ballet is all about. Not the flash and dash of her more high-profile colleagues, but radiance and poise, purity and grace, control and delicacy. This demure Japanese ballerina has it all. <P>During her seven years as a principal dancer at Covent Garden she has excelled in the Ashton repertoire — sweet Cinderella and flirtatious Lise are two of her finest roles — as well as in the 19th-century ballets she loves so much, from Giselle to Swan Lake. She grew up in Tokyo watching the Russians dance them and that passion for the classics has never left her. She finds them endlessly fascinating, losing herself in them like an art student transfixed by Old Masters, and it shows in her authoritative performances. On stage she presents a porcelain beauty; yet she’s famously strong and bewitchingly musical. <P><A HREF="http://www.timesonline.co.uk/article/0,,585-361762,00.html" TARGET=_blank><B>click for more</B></A>


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