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Markova, Dame Alicia

(märkō`vä), 1910–2004, English ballerina. Her original name was Lilian Alicia Marks. Markova joined DiaghilevDiaghilev, Sergei Pavlovich
, 1872–1929, Russian ballet impresario and art critic, grad. St. Petersburg Conservatory of Music, 1892. In 1898 he founded an influential journal, Mir Iskusstva [The World of Art].
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's Ballets Russes in 1924 and, in 1931, the Vic-Wells Ballet (now the Royal BalletRoyal Ballet,
the principal British ballet company, based at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London. It is noted for lavish dramatic productions, a superbly disciplined corps de ballet, and brilliant performances from its principals.
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), becoming its first prima ballerina in 1933. In 1935 she formed a company with Anton DolinDolin, Sir Anton
, 1904–83, English ballet dancer and choreographer, originally named Patrick Healey-Kay. Dolin joined Diaghilev's Ballets Russes in 1921, becoming a principal danseur in 1924. Leaving the company in 1925, he formed his own company with Vera Nemchinova.
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. After appearing with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo (1938–41), she danced with Ballet Theatre (1941–44) and other American ballet companies. She worked again with Dolin from 1949 to 1952 in their Festival Ballet company. She was made a Dame of the British Empire in 1963, the year she retired from dancing. Markova was noted for her purity of line, precise style, and ethereal grace. She excelled in all the classic roles, and her interpretations of Giselle (her signature role), Pas de Quatre, Petrouchka, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet were exceptionally celebrated. After her retirement, she directed the Metropolitan Opera Ballet for six years, taught, and coached, particularly at the Royal Ballet.

Bibliography

See her Giselle and I (1960); biography by T. Sutton (2013).

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Mr Bernays isn't old enough to remember Alicia Markova in her tutu but he can tell you that it was transported to Newcastle in a custom-built tutu-shaped box.
She also portrayed Lady Montague in the premiere of his one-act Romeo and Juliet in 1943, with Hugh Laing and Alicia Markova in the title roles and a young Jerome Robbins as Benvolio.
Dame Alicia Markova, one of the 20th century's greatest ballerinas, died yesterday, a day after her 94th birthday.
If St Petersburg Ballet Theatre's Irina Kolesnikova stepped with trepidation into the ballet shoes vacated by the likes of Margot Fonteyn and Alicia Markova,it didn't show at the North Wales Theatre this week.
Hilda Morales recalls protesting her red wig in Romeo and Juliet, to which Tudor snapped, "If the wig was good enough for Alicia Markova and she did not complain, it should be good enough for you.
It was performed by the Vic-Wells company with the recently deceased Alicia Markova in the lead role.
This is probably the final page in a great story which also involved Dame Ninette de Valois, who founded the Royal Ballet, and Dame Alicia Markova (who I shall join in London in January at an award presentation to be given at Sadler's Wells Theatre).
Marriage a la Mode, was pastiche music for a ballet staring Alicia Markova.
At 18, during his first year with Sadler's Wells Royal Ballet, he partnered Alicia Markova.
Markova House, named after the company's co-founder Dame Alicia Markova, is just round the corner from the Albert Hall, on first sight an unprepossessing suite of modern offices.
She spoke of nannying the teenage Alicia Markova in Paris during the very early 20s, when the Russian Ballet was beginning to re-shape the course of art in the West.
She replaced Alicia Markova on five hours' notice, and brought the house down.