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Margot Fonteyn (Englisch) Taschenbuch – 4. Oktober 2005
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Daneman's Margot Fonteyn has captured what few know: the heartbreak behind the heroine... the definitive book on this icon. (Toni Bentley, "The New York Times Book Review") Danemans Margot Fonteyn has captured what few know: the heartbreak behind the heroine... the definitive book on this icon. (Toni Bentley, "The New York Times Book Review") Danemanas Margot Fonteyn has captured what few know: the heartbreak behind the heroine... the definitive book on this icon. (Toni Bentley, "The New York Times Book Review")
Margot Fonteyn born plain Peggy Hookham was dreamed into existence by the architects of British ballet: Ninette de Valois, Frederick Ashton and Constant Lambert. Carried to fame on a wave of wartime patriotism, Margot's sense of duty rather than ambition propelled her forward. Yet her gifts were such that her pre-eminence would come to eclipse the careers of subsequent generations. Ballet is a fairytale world; if Margot, like the pure and poetic heroine of Swan Lake, was a natural Odette, she would also have to contend with virtue's raw shadow-side in the guise of Constant Lambert, Roberto Arias and Rudolph Nureyev the men who, like Von Rothbart, were to take possession of her heart.Alle Produktbeschreibungen
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Eventually I began to skip a few pages here and there, especially when the author became fixated on Margot's sex life. Surprisingly, when Rudolf Nureyev enters the picture, we are encouraged to ruminate on the possibility that Margot might participate in and enjoy trysts with a homosexual. I think that is a bit excessive.
Margot's life was filled to overflowing with peerless artistry and triumphs. Her greatest sorrow seems to have been the terrible fate of her husband, crippled in an attempted assassination.
The description of her gravesite in a cemetery bordering on tin shacks in Panama City is moving beyond words. Near her husband, to whom so much of her life and devotion had been dedicated, she lies with the simplest possible inscription on her gravestone: Margot Fonteyn de Arias. But that name will be glorious forever.
For those who have a real interest in the history of the Royal Ballet, this book will answer many questions. It covers unsparingly, for instance, the blighted careers of those dancers frozen out by Margot's brilliance and by her position as the great favorite of Ninette de Valois, the managing director.
It also describes in detail the demoralization of the company, especially of the male dancers, during the years of Nureyev's ascendancy. He instantly became the favorite of management and entrepreneurs, and his triumphant partnership with Fonteyn left little room for other, lesser luminaries to share the glory.
The author's picture of Nureyev is not kind. He was not a kind man, and his treatment of Fonteyn was sometimes brutal.
Yes, lots of men fell in love with her, but she like so many women had a hard time choosing the right man, and many of those she chose used her only for her beautiful flesh. Eventually, she found one whom she thought she loved, devoted her remaining life to, and even he was not worthy of her. His name was Tito Arias, a Panamanian, lawyer, politician, ambassador, divorcee, husband, revolutionary, gun runner, traitor (some would say), philanderer, and God knows what else. He even got Margot involved, arrested (and deported from Panama) in some of his schemes. Yet she loved him with all of her being, but she wouldn't give up her love for the ballet even for him. It's a good thing for him that she did not give up the ballet, because it was her money that supported him after he became a paraplegic in an assassination attempt.
Things were brought out in this biography that Margot would not have wanted known. Things of a personal nature about her intimacies with men who could not keep them private. Some are pure conjecture and some may be true, but Margot did not mention any such happenings in her own autobiography, so it is too bad they had to be brought out after she died. Yes, too bad.
She was not the oldest ballerina to ever dance on stage, but because of her indomitable will, reinvigerated by Rudolph Nureyev, she was able dance far longer than most ballerinas. Life returned her to the ages when she was 72, taken away by cancer, respector of no human being. Read this book about the remarkable, muse of the Royal Ballet.......Richard.
BTW, I hear that a brand new book entitled MY MARGOT by Ken Ludden. do you have this one as I would like very much to read it.
My life has been enhanced after this lecture. Now I understand a thousand times better ballet and I love it. Thanks to Meredith Daneman for her great work.