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Encyclopedia > Natalia Makarova

Nataliya Romanovna Makarova is a ballet dancer. She was born November 21, 1940 in Leningrad in the USSR. When she was 13, she auditioned for the Vaganova Choreographic Institute despite being significantly older than most applicants. She was a performer with the Kirov Ballet in Leningrad from 1956 to 1970. She made the decision to defect to the West while on tour in 1970, due to both personal and professional unhappiness. November 21 is the 325th day of the year (326th in leap years) in the Gregorian Calendar. ... Year 1940 (MCMXL) was a leap year starting on Monday (the link is to a full 1940 calendar). ... Saint Petersburg (Russian: Санкт-Петербу́рг, English transliteration: Sankt-Peterburg), colloquially known as Питер (transliterated Piter), formerly known as Leningrad (Ленингра́д, 1924–1991) and... Vaganova as Odette-Odile, 1900es Agrippina Yakovlevna Vaganova (July 6, 1879 - November 5, 1951) was an outstanding Russian ballet teacher who developed the Vaganova method. ... The Mariinsky Ballet is one of the most famous ballet schools in history (formerly the Kirov Ballet, and also the Academic State Theatre), located in St. ... 1956 (MCMLVI) was a leap year starting on Sunday of the Gregorian calendar. ... 1970 (MCMLXX) was a common year starting on Thursday (the link is to a full 1970 calendar). ...


After she defected, she performed with the American Ballet Theater and Royal Ballet. When she first defected, she was eager to expand her choreography by dancing ballets by modern choreographers. However, she remained most identified with classical roles like Swan Lake and Giselle. She was featured as Odette and Odile in a notable 1976 live American Ballet Theatre production of Swan Lake, simulcast from Lincoln Center on both PBS and NPR. According to the 2004 Britannica, "Makarova's magnificent technique and acting sensibilities allowed her to excel in many different roles", although she is remembered primarily for her title role in Giselle. She was slim and slight, and combined a delicacy and lyricism with impeccable classical training. The American Ballet Theatre is one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century, and a leading company in America. ... Royal Ballet may refer to: Royal Ballet, London Birmingham Royal Ballet Royal Winnipeg Ballet Royal Danish Ballet There is also an article about the Royal Ballet School in London, England. ... Altynai Asylmoratova as Odette in the Kirov/Mariinsky Ballets production of Swan Lake, St. ... Giselle, danced to familiar music by the French ballet and opera composer Adolphe Adam, and choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, is a Romantic-era ballet first danced in Paris in 1841. ... 1976 (MCMLXXVI) was a leap year starting on Thursday. ... The American Ballet Theatre , based in New York City, is one of the foremost ballet companies of the 20th century, and a leading company in America. ... Simulcast is a contraction of simultaneous broadcast, and refers to programs or events broadcast across more than one medium at the same time. ... The Metropolitan Opera House at Lincoln Center. ... PBS re-directs here; for alternate uses see PBS (disambiguation) PBS logo The Public Broadcasting Service (PBS) is a non-profit public broadcasting television service with 349 member TV stations in the United States. ... NPR logo For other meanings of NPR see NPR (disambiguation) National Public Radio (NPR) is a private, not-for-profit corporation that sells programming to member radio stations; together they are a loosely organized public radio network in the United States. ... Giselle, danced to familiar music by the French ballet and opera composer Adolphe Adam, and choreographed by Jean Coralli and Jules Perrot, is a Romantic-era ballet first danced in Paris in 1841. ...


In 1989, Natalia Makarova returned to her home theater, the Kirov Ballet, and was reunited with all her old colleagues, teachers, and family. Her emotional homecoming was documented in a film, Makarova Returns. After her performance at the Kirov, she retired, dedicating her shoes and costumes to the Kirov Museum. Today Natalia Makarova stages ballets such as Swan Lake, La Bayadère, and Sleeping Beauty for companies across the world. The Mariinsky Ballet is one of the most famous ballet schools in history (formerly the Kirov Ballet, and also the Academic State Theatre), located in St. ... La Bayadére is a ballet, originally in 4 Acts and 7 scenes with apotheosis, choreographed by the Balletmaster Marius Petipa to music by Lèon Minkus. ... Sir Edward Burne-Jones painted The Sleeping Beauty. ...


In addition to being one of the most famous ballerinas, Makarova won a Tony Award for her performance in the show On Your Toes. She appeared as Lydia Lopokova, (Lady Keynes) in 'Wooing in Absence' compiled by Patrick Garland. It was first performed at Charleston Farmhouse and then at Tate Britain. What is popularly called the Tony Award (formally, the Antoinette Perry Award for Excellence in Theatre) is an annual award celebrating achievements in live American theater, including musical theater, primarily honoring productions on Broadway in New York. ... Lydia Lopokova (October 21, 1892-June 8, 1981) was a famous Russian ballerina dancer during the early 20th-century and was the wife of the economist, John Maynard Keynes. ... Patrick Garland (born April 10, 1935) is a British theatre, television and film director and writer. ... Charleston Farmhouse, near Lewes, East Sussex, UK Charleston, often called Charleston Farmhouse is a farmhouse located between Lewes and Polegate in Sussex, England. ... Tate Britain is a part of the Tate Gallery in Britain, along with Tate Modern, Tate Liverpool and Tate St Ives. ...

Preceded by
Jennifer Holliday
in Dreamgirls
Tony Award for Best Leading Actress in a Musical
1983
for On Your Toes
Succeeded by
Chita Rivera
in The Rink

Jennifer Holliday (born October 19, 1960 in Riverside, Texas) is a R&B and dance music singer and actress who gained fame for her portrayal of Effie White in the Broadway musical Dreamgirls. ... Dreamgirls is an award-winning Broadway musical, which opened on December 20, 1981 at the Imperial Theatre on Broadway and ran for 1,522 performances. ... The Tony Award for Best Actress in a Musical is awarded to the actress who was voted as the best actress in a musical, whether a new production or a revival. ... On Your Toes has two possible meanings. ... Chita Rivera (born Dolores Conchita Figueroa del Rivero on January 23, 1933 in Washington, D.C.) is a Tony Award-winning Broadway musical actress and dancer of Puerto Rican heritage, and the first Hispanic woman to receive a Kennedy Center Honors award. ... The Rink is the tenth musical written by the composer/lyricist team John Kander and Fred Ebb, the creators of both Cabaret and Chicago. ...

Further reading

  • Natalia Makarova, A Dance Autobiography, Alfred A. Knopf 1979, ISBN 0-394-50141-1.

External links

  • The Ballerina Gallery - Natalia Makarova
  • Columbia Encyclopedia entry
Dance Portal

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