Margot Fonteyn, Swan Lake 1963 by Frederika Davis


Margot Fonteyn, Swan Lake 1963


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. Swan Lake is a ballet composed by Pyotr Ilyich Tchaikovsky in 1875–1876. The scenario, initially in four acts, was fashioned from Russian folk tales and tells the story of Odette, a princess turned into a swan by an evil sorcerer's curse. The choreographer of the original production was Julius Reisinger. The ballet was premiered by the Bolshoi Ballet on 4 March 1877 at the Bolshoi Theatre in Moscow. Although it is presented in many different versions, most ballet companies base their stagings both choreographically and musically on the 1895 revival of Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov, first staged for the Imperial Ballet on 15 January 1895, at the Mariinsky Theatre in St. Petersburg. For this revival, Tchaikovsky's score was revised by the St. Petersburg Imperial Theatre's chief conductor and composer Riccardo Drigo.