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 Post subject: Sulamith Messerer obituaries
PostPosted: Sat Jun 19, 2004 2:05 am 
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Sulamith Messerer
Dancer for the Bolshoi company and tireless ballet coach who was still at the barre at 95. From The Times


SULAMITH MESSERER was already past 70 when she settled in London, and might understandably have felt like resting after a lifetime devoted as ballerina and as teacher to the development of the Bolshoi Ballet, Moscow. But she went on to nearly another quarter of a century teaching in Britain and abroad.

The Messerer family made a major contribution to Russian theatre in the 20th century. Sulamith’s older brother Asaf (1903-92) was especially distinguished. A pupil of Mikhail Mordkin (who had starred with both Diaghilev and Pavlova), he was for three decades a principal dancer with the Bolshoi Ballet and became their chief teacher, as well as an occasional choreographer.

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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 1:19 am 
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Sulamith Messerer
Feisty star of the Bolshoi Ballet


By MARGARET WILLIS
The Guardian
June 21, 2004

She blended Russian classical schooling and the flamboyant bravura of the Soviet style with her own technical wizardry. She spun fearlessly in multi-pirouettes, leapt with carefree abandon and covered the stage with dramatic flair. She preferred true-blooded heroines to fairytale princesses, and her interpretation of Jeanne, in Flames Of Paris, won the admiration of Joseph Stalin.
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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 4:07 am 
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I enjoyed reading Margaret Willis's obituary of Sulamith Messerer very much. What a character! She was a familiar presence on the London ballet scene for a number of years and seemed to go to everything. She always greeted me with a twinkly smile and a "hello" and I imagine she was equally friendly with all the other familiar faces in the ballet crowd.

How wonderful to think that she was blessed with such a long and eventful life and was able to impart her priceless knowledge of her craft right up to the very end.


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PostPosted: Mon Jun 21, 2004 4:39 am 
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Cassandra, was it Sulamith who appeared in the first Ballet-Boyz TV series, as a sparky guest teacher at the Royal Ballet?

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See also another CD thread in The Studio:
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