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 Post subject: Sonia Arova, Ballerina - Dies
PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2001 7:25 am 
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From the New York Times:<P><B>SONIA AROVA, BALLERINA WHO DANCED WITH NUREYEV, DIES AT 74</B><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Sonia Arova, a Bulgarian-born ballerina who became an international star and was an early partner of such great male dancers as Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev, died on Sunday in San Diego. She was 74.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.nytimes.com/2001/02/15/arts/15AROV.html" TARGET=_blank><B>MORE...</B></A><P><BR>On a personal note -- I took company class from Sonia Arova for several years while she and her husband Thor Sutowkski were Artistic Directors of the San Diego Ballet in the 1970's. <P>One time I saw her put on a brand new pair of pointe shoes. She releve'd in the center of the studio - no barre - and did 8 grand battements en croix (large kicks, 8 to the front, 8 to the side, 8 to the back and 8 more to the side) in perfect timing and without any hesitation. She closed each time to an impeccable fifth position - and NEVER BOBBLED EVEN ONCE. After she had finished, she took off the shoes and said they were "impossible". <P><BR><p>[This message has been edited by Basheva (edited February 15, 2001).]


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PostPosted: Thu Feb 15, 2001 4:33 pm 
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From a Google search:<P><BR><center><B>Dame Sonia Arova</B></center><P><center> Image </center><P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>Dame Sonia Arova-Associate Artist, famous international ballerina, won the world championship of dancing in 1939. She danced as principal dancer with Ballet Rambert, the Metropolitan Ballet, the Original Ballet Russe, London Festival Ballet, the Royal Ballet and American Ballet Theatre. She performed as Rudolf Nureyev's partner numerous times, including his U.S. premiere. In 1965, she became Artistic Director for the Norwegian National Ballet. For her service in this position, she was made a Knight in a ceremony held at the United Nations in New York City. In ' 1971, she co-directed the San Diego Ballet and in 1975 she accepted the position of principal instructor at the Alabama School of Fine Arts. In 1980, she was asked to serve as Artistic director for the Alabama Ballet.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><BR> <P>


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PostPosted: Sun Feb 18, 2001 5:58 pm 
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Another article:<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR><B>Obituaries in the News</B><P>The Associated Press<P>SAN DIEGO –– Dame Sonia Arova, a Bulgarian-born ballerina who danced with Rudolf Nureyev, at his request, in his American debut, died Sunday of pancreatic cancer. She was 74.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P><A HREF="http://www.washingtonpost.com/wp-srv/aponline/20010215/aponline054629_000.htm" TARGET=_blank><B>More</B></A>


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 Post subject: Re: Sonia Arova, Ballerina - Dies
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2001 6:42 am 
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Image <P>Sonia Arova <BR>photo - Derek Allen<P>Ballerina whose magnetism attracted the great male dancers of her day.<P> <BLOCKQUOTE><font size="1" face="Verdana, Arial">quote:</font><HR>That willingness to take chances when they arose, together with her great technical strength and a slightly exotic personality, must have been what made her attractive to the two greatest male dancers of her day, Erik Bruhn and Rudolf Nureyev.<HR></BLOCKQUOTE><P>Did anyone see her dance live or on video? <P> <A HREF="http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-94409,00.html" TARGET=_blank>http://www.thetimes.co.uk/article/0,,60-94409,00.html</A> <P><BR>


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 Post subject: Re: Sonia Arova, Ballerina - Dies
PostPosted: Tue Mar 06, 2001 11:42 am 
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No, Stuart - though I was in class with her - as I posted above - and took class from her - many times, I never got to see her perform. <P>I did get to see her husband, Thor Sutowski perform, however. He danced a Romeo and Juliet with Jillana as I remember. He also choreographed.


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 Post subject: Re: Sonia Arova, Ballerina - Dies
PostPosted: Wed Mar 28, 2001 1:33 am 
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The UK press pays homage to Sonia Arova:<P>'Sonia Arova - Ballerina with the 'grand manner' whose stage was the world,' by Mary Clarke in The Guardian.<BR> <A HREF="Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4160606,00.html" TARGET=_blank>Http://www.guardian.co.uk/Archive/Article/0,4273,4160606,00.html</A> <P>Nadine Meisner's obituary in the Independent:<BR> <A HREF="http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=63116" TARGET=_blank>http://www.independent.co.uk/story.jsp?story=63116</A>


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