Talk:Margot Fonteyn

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The introduction states that she died in Panama City, Panama. I saw a documentary today where her sister-in-law stated that she died onboard an aeroplane. Which is true? Mallerd 17:15, 16 September 2007 (UTC)

I can't find any corroboration of that. Seems she's not destined for Category:People who died on aircraft in mid-flight. -- Jack of Oz [your turn] 20:29, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
This article (final sentence) corroborates that she died in Panama. I will add it to the article. – ukexpat (talk) 20:40, 22 August 2011 (UTC)
I found a couple more and added them too. – ukexpat (talk) 21:02, 22 August 2011 (UTC)

prima ballerina assoluta[edit]

One does not write that a general was (previously) a colonel, a major, etc. Similarly, one does not write that an prima ballerina assoluta was previously a ballerina and a prima ballerina. — Robert Greer (talk) 15:32, 11 June 2008 (UTC)


She is not only considered great in England. She is considered one of the greatest ballerina of the 20th Century, especially the early part. I would place her in the company of Pavlova, Ulanova and Plisetskaya. Wallie (talk) 11:33, 5 January 2009 (UTC)


This stuff should be added: Reboot (talk) 05:10, 28 May 2010 (UTC)

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Film and Television[edit]

The reference to the BBC's series "The Magic of Dance" being made in the 1960s in black and white is fundamentally incorrect.

I am unable to cite publically available sources for the following so I have not made the changes to the main article but I do know from my personal records that I worked as a crew member on the series between 13 and 17 June 1979 when we travelled with Dame Margot to Barcelona to film (on 16mm) some sequences of Spanish and Catalan dancing, in the area around Sitges. It was shot in colour not black and white. Ant501UK (talk) 09:55, 11 July 2014 (UTC)

Concerning faults or incomplete information within the filmic paragraph, within the Margot Fonteyn page[edit]

Fonteyn and Nureyev starred together in a colour film of Nureyev's Vienna version of "Swan Lake" in 1967. Previously, Fonteyn had filmed Ashton's full-length "Ondine", opposite Michael Somes, in 1959. Paul Czinner filmed Fonteyn with Nureyev in the MacMillan's version of "Romeo and Juliet", in 1965/6. Fonteyn presented her own a six-part BBC series entitled "The Magic of Dance", broadcast in 1979, when a Fonteyn book of the same title was also issued, illustrating the whole series. At that time, Fonteyn had not been known for speaking to camera, and it was Terry Wogan who commented that if this was an amateur, then the professionals should take note. Keith Money made the first film documentary about Fonteyn's life (with her full co-operation,) and this aired across Britain as a Saturday Night TV Special, to celebrate Fonteyn's 50th birthday, in May 1969. It was the first time that the TV Times put an arts programme onto its cover. Money has also produced four large books about varying aspects of Fonteyn's career; indeed the second, "Fonteyn:The Making of a Legend" (1973) shows Fonteyn in over eighty different ballet works, quite apart from picturing her life, sequentially. Money then did a key volume called "Fonteyn & Nureyev:The Great Years" (1994) and in this, many more of Money's photos were revealed for the first time. Money is the only person to have filmed, in colour, Fonteyn in all of Act One of "The Sleeping Beauty". This historic record now rests in the Keith Money Archives. From it, the Rose Adagio section was used for his 1969 TV Special, and in that, Fonteyn also danced the "Gayaneh" pas de deux with Viktor Rona, and the pas de deux from "Birthday Offering" with Nureyev, in a full dress rehearsal at Covent Garden. Ashton is also filmed rehearsing the pair in various details. In 2000, Money brought out "Margot assoluta", a volume which was more obviously his own special view of the great dancer, and in this one, not one of the multitude of his pictures (many in colour) had ever been seen before. [On the Internet, see various Amazon book entries, for other details.] Fonteyn had been seen on BBC TV right from the time of its first test broadcasts in 1937. Her first test solo survives in the BBC Archives, and it is often re-broadcast. In the USA, the ballerina appeared with Michael Somes in a live US television b&w truncated version of "The Sleeping Beauty" in 1955, for NBC. This rather misleading and confined studio production has been preserved in black-and-white Kinescope, and is released on DVD. "Cinderella" is another US TV version sometimes available. Fonteyn starred with Somes in a 1958 British TV production of "The Nutcracker" and also filmed in colour the full opening White Act of "Swan Lake", with Somes as Siegfried. (This is not to be confused with a live US television production/telecast by CBS.) "Les Sylphides", "The Firebird", Act Three of "The Sleeping Beauty" (with Blair), and "Le Corsaire" pas de deux (with Nureyev) are other ballets filmed in the UK in colour, and available on DVDs. Also, "Marguerite and Armand" was actually filmed twice, with a dozen years between the two, but unfortunately neither gives a particularly true idea of that ballet at its zenith. In November 2009, the BBC produced a film based on the Fonteyn story, as told in the Daneman biography, and starring Anne-Marie Duff as the ballerina. Certainly, it would have been difficult to find an actress who looked less like Margot Fonteyn. (The above is a detailed correction of the Film paragraphs, checked from Keith Money's Art Archives department, and approved by KM himself. History records that Keith Money worked consistently with Fonteyn, for a decade, so this section of editing cannot be gainsayed, merely obliterated – probably for suspect motives. The 'mystery' photo of Fonteyn and Nureyev in "La Bayadère" [elsewhere] is actually by KM, and has been taken from his volume Fonteyn & Nureyev : The Great Years .) –––– — Preceding unsigned comment added by (talk) 16:48, 13 August 2014 (UTC)

Further comment added at IP's request to OTRS:
It is worth noting that, in "The Magic of Dance" series, Fonteyn is partnered by Mikhail Baryshnikov in the entire "Le Spectre de la Rose" ballet, which was filmed on the Monte Carlo stage where it had been first created by Fokine, for Nijinsky and Karsavina, in the Diaghilev company of 1911. When Fonteyn commented that she thought a small side table was missing from the re-creation of the original set, the opera house team then vanished into the depths of the building, and eventually they re-emerged with the very table from the original production! In 2013, the BBC re-discovered a mid fifties TV studio production of "The Sleeping Beauty" which was in fact a filmed recording taken from an off set monitor screen. For space reasons, the ballet itself had been hugely truncated, both in the number of dancers used, and of course the limited floor space available, and it is wildly misleading for many other reasons as well, particularly an obsession with endless close-ups of Carabosse, in Act One. Fonteyn always detested this mish-mash, and it is perhaps a pity that it received any fresh publicity for modern audiences, since it bears no real resemblance to the splendours of the famous post war Oliver Messel production of 1946.--ukexpat (talk) 16:11, 14 August 2014 (UTC)