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Darcey Bussell to retire
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Author:  mehunt [ Thu Oct 13, 2005 1:37 pm ]
Post subject:  Darcey Bussell to retire

From the BBC:
Ballet dancer Bussell steps down

Star ballerina Darcey Bussell is to retire from her leading role with the Royal Ballet.

Bussell, 36, says the current season will be her last as a principal dancer with the company as she wants to spend more time with her family.


Author:  ksneds [ Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:20 am ]
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Royal Ballet's premier dancer reveals she is stepping down
by ANITA SINGH for the Scotsman

"However, I have always wanted to end my full-time career still dancing the full classical repertoire at the standard to which I aspire.

published: October 14, 2005

Author:  ksneds [ Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:20 am ]
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Bussell quits as Royal Ballet principal to spend time with family
by ARIFA AKBAR and OLIVER DUFF for the Independent

Darcey Bussell, arguably Britain's most celebrated prima ballerina, surprised the world of dance yesterday by announcing her retirement as the company principal of the Royal Ballet.

published: 14 October 2005

Author:  ksneds [ Fri Oct 14, 2005 7:21 am ]
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Darcey takes Royal Ballet final bow
the Press Association

The 36-year-old has decided to end her full-time ballet career at the end of the 2005/06 season in order to spend more time with her family.

Instead she will make appearances as a Principal Guest Artist from next season onwards.

published: October 13, 2005

Author:  KANTER [ Fri Oct 14, 2005 8:23 am ]
Post subject:  Miss Bussell

Only one thing drew my attention in this series of articles and press releases - namely a line in today's Telegraph,

"Complaining of the demands on her body, she (Darey Bussell) said recently: "Since ballet has become so physically demanding, none of us can conceive of having the long careers which older ballerinas enjoyed. Our bodies couldn't cope. Who wants two false hips as a result?"

Author:  kurinuku [ Sat Oct 15, 2005 10:00 am ]
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Next year is my swansong, says Darcey Bussell
by NIGEL REYNOLDS for the daily Telegraph

Complaining of the demands on her body, she said recently: "Since ballet has become so physically demanding, none of us can conceive of having the long careers which older ballerinas enjoyed. Our bodies couldn't cope. Who wants two false hips as a result?"

published: Ocober 14, 2005

Author:  Stuart Sweeney [ Sun Oct 23, 2005 4:32 am ]
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Darcey dances out before she gets bitter and twisted
By Jasper Gerard for The Sunday Times

‘I don’t normally have a camera pointing up my bottom,” smiles Darcey Bussell. “I am not the Beckhams.”

It is hardly a remark one expects from the Royal Ballet’s principal ballerina, but since she announced that she is hanging up her pumps, scrutiny has been intense: a film crew is, as we speak, shooting a Bussell documentary and she clearly rather enjoys the attention. This is a woman well aware of her charms.

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Author:  kurinuku [ Sun Nov 26, 2006 12:06 pm ]
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Darcey Bussell: A leap into the unknown
by ZOE ANDERSON for the Independent
published: November 24, 2006

She became a guest artist, she says, "to free up my life, so I have some more control. It's my 20th year with the Royal Ballet. I wonder if I should have done this earlier - because I have children, this lets me direct things better. I still, often - it's my English upbringing - say, 'Of course I'll do it.' I'd never say, 'I don't want to' or 'No, I should be doing that role'. I'm not, sadly, strong enough in that way. And I felt honoured - it was my position to help the company. But suddenly you become a guest artist, and your position is to help yourself.

Author:  kurinuku [ Wed Jan 03, 2007 6:46 am ]
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Swan Song
by PETER ROSS for the Sunday Herald
published: December 31, 2006

IF YOU haven't yet seen Darcey Bussell dance, you are running out of time. On June 8, Britain's best-loved ballerina will give her farewell performance, in Song Of The Earth. "I've been building up to this," she says, "but I know it's going to be a wrench." Bussell is 37, still a young woman, and yet ballet dancers are the mayflies of high culture - their working lives are short and there is little to show for even the most celebrated careers; they are often left with nothing more than fading photographs, the faint echo of applause, and a muffled memory of heart-thumping joy once felt at the apex of a leap.

Author:  Cassandra [ Thu Mar 29, 2007 9:06 am ]
Post subject:  The Apprentice

Darcey Bussell was the prize on TV programme The Apprentice last night.

The winning team battling for a job with Sir Alan Sugar's empire was rewarded with a trip to Covent Garden and the chance to meet Ms Bussell on stage after the performance. Looked as if everyone enjoyed the experience including the ballerina herself.

Author:  LMCtech [ Thu Mar 29, 2007 11:04 am ]
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Wow, British "apprentices" get better prizes than American ones. More proof to my belief that British TV is better than American TV.

Author:  Ruthamandakent [ Thu Mar 29, 2007 1:18 pm ]
Post subject:  Farewell to Darcey Bussell

Darcey will be dancing in a Farewell programme at Sadlers Wells in London May 15th-May 18th ... rewell.asp

Author:  David [ Mon Feb 11, 2008 2:16 am ]
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Does anyone out there have details of the principal casting for all three works (Checkmate, Symphonic Variations and Song of the Earth) danced at Darcey Bussell's final performance.

I have just sat through a recording of it broadcast at Christmas (I have been abroad), and was disappointed (although probably not surprised) to see that the BBC did not give any casting details work by work.

Thanks in hope!

Author:  PB2003 [ Tue Feb 12, 2008 7:01 am ]
Post subject:  Casting

The casting was as follows:

Black Queen - Zenaida Yanowsky
Red Queen - Alexandra Ansanelli
Red King - Alastair Marriott
Red Knights - Bennet Gartside, Martin Harvey
Black Knights - Eric Underwood, Ryoichi Hirano

Symphonic Variations:

Federico Bonelli, Steven McRae, Ludovic Ondiviela
Roberta Marquez, Belinda Hatley, Laura Morera

Song of the Earth:
Darcey Bussell, Carlos Acosta, Gary Avis

Author:  David [ Wed Feb 13, 2008 2:36 am ]
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Thank you so much.

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