Margot Fonteyn, Ondine by Frederika Davis


Margot Fonteyn, Ondine


Frederika Davis

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This photograph depicts Margot Fonteyn de Arias dancing in the ballet Ondine. Dame Margot Fonteyn de Arias was a British ballerina, she is widely regarded as one of the greatest classical ballet dancers of all time. She spent her entire career as a dancer with The Royal Ballet, eventually being appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company by Queen Elizabeth II. Margot Fonteyn de Arias was born in Surrey, England in 1919. She was made a Dame of the Order of the British Empire in 1956 and died in Panama City, Panama in 1991. Ondine is a ballet in three acts created by the choreographer Frederick Ashton and composer Hans Werner Henze. Ashton originally produced Ondine for the Royal Ballet in 1958, with Henze commissioned to produce the original score, published as Undine, which has since been restaged by other choreographers. The ballet was adapted from a novella called Undine by Friedrich de la Motte Fouqué and it tells the tale of a water nymph who is the object of desire of a young prince named Palemon. The première of the ballet took place at the Royal Opera House, London, on 27 October 1958, with the composer as guest conductor. The first major revival of this Ashton/Henze production took place in 1988.