Marcia Haydée

(b. 1939)

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(née M. H. Salaverry Pereira de Silva; b Niteroi, 18 Apr. 1939)

Brazilian dancer and director. She studied in Rio de Janeiro with Vaslav Veltchek and in 1951 danced with the corps de ballet of Rio's Teatro Municipal before going to Sadler's Wells School for further training. She later studied with Egorova and Preobrajenska, joining the Grand Ballet du Marquis de Cuevas in 1957 then moving to Stuttgart Ballet in 1961 where she was promoted prima ballerina in 1962. Though not a brilliant technician she established herself as one of the great dance actresses of her generation and as well as performing most of the classic ballerina roles she created roles in many Cranko ballets including Romeo and Juliet (1962), Onegin (1965), The Taming of the Shrew (1969), Carmen (1971), and Initials R.B.M.E. (1972). She also created roles in MacMillan's Song of the Earth (1965), Miss Julie (1970), and Requiem (1977), in Tetley's Voluntaries (1973), and Neumeier's Hamlet: Connotations (1976), a range that encompassed comedy and tragedy as well as pure dance. Her frequent partner was Richard Cragun and between them they helped establish Stuttgart as a world centre for dance. She also guested widely with, among others, National Ballet of Canada, American Ballet Theatre, and English National Ballet. In 1976 she was appointed artistic director of Stuttgart Ballet where she introduced ballets by guest choreographers such as Kylián and van Manen as well as encouraging choreographic talent from within the company and creating some works of her own. In 1993 she also took over direction of Santiago Ballet, finally retiring from both companies in 1995. In 1999 she created the role of Blanche in Jean Christoph Blavier's setting of Balzac's novel Le Lys dans la vallée, for Stuttgart Ballet, with Vladimir Malakhov dancing her young lover, Félix. She continues to perform character roles, including Lady Capulet and in 2001 she performed the specially created duet Tristan and Isolde with choreographer Ismael Ivo (Hong Kong). She was awarded German Honour of Merit: First Prize in 1981.

Subjects: Dance.

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