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There was more to Margot Fonteyn than Nureyev, as Meredith Daneman As I tried to convince Margot's friends, relations and colleagues to talk . We are asking our US readers to help us raise $1 million dollars by the new. Dame Margot Fonteyn, DBE (18 May – 21 February ), stage name of Margaret In , when Fonteyn was considering retirement, Rudolf Nureyev defected from the Kirov Ballet while dancing in Paris. from a parent, Hookham accepted her mother's help with "affectionate and unembarrassed naturalness". Toni Bentley reviews book Margot Fonteyn by Meredith Daneman; photos (M) After Lambert there were relationships with Roland Petit and Helpmann, and even "a few days" with SPEAKING years later of Fonteyn, Nureyev said: "That's all what I have. . Site Map · Help · Site Feedback · Subscriptions.
It was decided, after consultation, that they would take their daughter with them but leave their son Felix at an English boarding school.
For Hookham, this new separation from her sibling was a painful experience. Goncharov's partner Vera Volkova later became influential in Hookham's career and training. Having June Brae in her classes pushed her to work harder. He asked his wife for a divorce so that he could marry his new girlfriend.
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After the war, he returned to England with his second wife, Beatrice. Hilda and her daughter subsequently looked up variations of Fontes in the telephone directory, choosing the more British-sounding Fontene and adding a twist to make it Fonteyn. In Middle and modern English until the 16th century, it was spelled "fonteyn". When Alicia Markovathe first Prima Ballerina of the company, left the Vic-Wells later inFonteyn shared the lead with other members of the company, but quickly rose to the top of the field of dancers.
She returned for further studies with them the following summers. Although the dancers enjoyed these engagements, the tiny television screens with their unsteady blue pictures meant that the medium was not yet sophisticated enough to become a lucrative avenue for the company.
Decades later Fonteyn would name Helpmann as her favourite partner across the span of her career.
Lambert dedicated his score for the ballet Horoscope to Fonteyn. Fonteyn became enamored with Arias after seeing him perform a rumba dance at a party. The pair enjoyed their time together for the next week, but Arias then returned to Panama for the summer holidays.
His lack of subsequent communication left Fonteyn despondent. The reviewer Arnold Haskell wrote that never before had Fonteyn's performance been "so regal in manner or half so brilliant", while the writer Tangye Lean commented that she "rose to it with a stability that one had not seen in her before". Fonteyn later recalled dancing so often that she sometimes "stood trembling in the wings, unable to remember if I had finished my solo before I left the stage".
Shows had to be carefully chosen or edited to help ensure that an almost entirely female cast could perform all the roles. Fonteyn was often paired with young, inexperienced male dancers pulled straight from ballet schools. The company of dancers was temporarily displaced, touring professionally across England.
It was believed by many of her close friends — and her biographer, Meredith Daneman — that she underwent an abortion.
Fonteyn and Hasse became lovers, and their close relationship lasted for the next four years. The war years helped her develop stamina and improve her natural talent. She was unable to dance for several months, missing the premiere of Ashton's Cinderella.
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She recovered sufficiently to dance with Michael Somes in the Christmas presentation of the ballet,  and made her mark in the role of Cinderella by challenging the traditional costume for Act I, replacing the usual brown outfit with a stark black dress and a kerchief tied severely over her hair.
Observers commented that Fonteyn inserted a new, stronger sense of pathos into the performance. Arias was now a politician and Panamanian delegate to the United Nations. Although he already had a wife and children, Arias initiated a courtship with Fonteyn and began seeking a divorce with his wife. She was taught the part by Tamara Karsavinawho had debuted the role in The production was underwritten by the Ford Company and ran for an hour and a half, attracting around 30 million viewers.
In their view, the world had no need to know about a performer's private life. Dancers, when they talked at all, did not discuss their aches and pains, abortions, affairs, plastic surgery and eating habits. Their colleagues were expected to be similarly discreet, especially if they were members of the Royal Ballet. Equally frustrating was my interviewees' reluctance to pinpoint what made Fonteyn so special - the most famous ballerina the world over. She could make you cry just watching her.
How to explain why it is that when, to a particular strain of music, an ordinary mortal steps forward on one leg, raises the other behind her and lifts her arms above her head, the angels hold their breath?
Fonteyn and Nureyev: So did they or didn't they?
She locates Fonteyn's extraordinary on-stage appeal in the woman's personal qualities - her moral as much as physical virtues. When her heroine falters in the choices she makes, Daneman's reproaches are all the more telling for coming from such a sympathetic source.
She has set out to understand Margot as she and her informants call her subject from the inside, helped by family memoirs, letters and confidences from intimates who no longer saw any point in holding back. Fonteyn's dark, exotic looks came from her mother's side of the family. Her father, Felix Hookham, was a lower-middle-class Englishman; her mother the illegitimate daughter of a rich Brazilian businessman, Antonio Goncalvez Fontes, and an Irishwoman, Evelyn Acheson.
When Daneman met members of the Fontes clan in Brazil, she understood how Latin family pride had made it unthinkable that a young dancer, Peggy Hookham, a remote relative, should adopt their name as a stage pseudonym. She altered it instead to Fonteyn, a surname her elder brother later took as his own as well. Peggy had been taken to dancing classes throughout her childhood by her ambitious mother, known to the ballet world as BQ or Black Queen, after the formidable leading figure in Ninette de Valois's ballet Checkmate.
De Valois accepted the solemn year-old into her Sadler's Wells Ballet School and turned her into a ballerina by the time she was De Valois's strategic sense of what her fledgling company needed meant that Fonteyn was often given starring roles at the expense of other talented dancers. The English style of dancing was formed on and by Fonteyn, moulded by Frederick Ashton, the choreographer who made the most of her talents. Julie Kavanagh's comprehensive biography of Ashton, Secret Muses, first broke the taboos protecting the raffish - later highly respectable - Royal Ballet.
Now Daneman reveals that Fonteyn lost her virginity at 16 and that her next lover, the married company conductor Constant Lambert, boasted about her sexual abilities to Ashton who passed on the comments with a gusto no biographer could ignore. Ashton's early roles for Fonteyn show her as a sensual being: Then he froze her in perpetual purity: Chloe, Ondine, Sylvia, in his postwar ballets, are maidens beyond reproach.
Not until Rudolf Nureyev burst onto the scene was Fonteyn able to be anything other than virginal.
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By then, she had rewritten what Daneman calls her pagan past Fonteyn would make no mention of lovers in her autobiography in order to assume the role of the perfect ambassador's wife. She married Roberto Tito Arias in when she was in her mid-forties. De Valois reckoned she had only three years' dancing left in her; younger rivals were waiting impatiently for her to retire.