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Dame Merle Florence Park, DBE (born 1937, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)) was a prima ballerina.

Dame Merle Florence Park, DBE (born 1937, Salisbury, Rhodesia (now Harare, Zimbabwe)) was a prima ballerina. She joined the Royal Ballet in 1954 and became a soloist in 1958. At the age of 19 she danced the role of "The Milkmaid" in Façade in the Royal Opera House Company's Silver Jubilee gala on 6 May 1956. Her performance was admired for its "brilliance of execution and virtuoso technique".[1] She was then chosen as one of the three soloists for the November 1959 première of the Ashton/Nureyev production of La Bayadère. Her first full-length roles were Swanhilda in Coppélia and Lise in La Fille Mal Gardée. She created the role of Clara, partnered by Rudolf Nureyev, in The Nutcracker for the Royal Ballet in 1963, which was her breakthrough.

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  • Quick-View Choreography by Bournonville
    Legacy

    Choreography by Bournonville

    £ 16.50

    This DVD features two of the legendary Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s most celebrated ballets. In La Sylphide, Flemming...
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    Legacy

    John Cranko

    £ 16.50

    These two ballets by John Cranko are early examples of the choreographer's theatrical ingenuity. Created for the Sadler’s Wells Theatre...
  1. Choreography by Bournonville
    Legacy

    Choreography by Bournonville

    £ 16.50

    This DVD features two of the legendary Danish choreographer August Bournonville’s most celebrated ballets. In La Sylphide, Flemming Flindt and Lucette Aldous do full justice to the seemingly effortless lightness and grace and vivid storytelling that Bournonville’s style demands, while the dazzling pas de deux from Flower Festival in Genzano showcases Rudolf Nureyev at the height of his powers and a beguiling performance from Merle Park. More details

  2. John Cranko
    Legacy

    John Cranko

    £ 16.50

    These two ballets by John Cranko are early examples of the choreographer's theatrical ingenuity. Created for the Sadler’s Wells Theatre Ballet, which later became the Royal Ballet, Pineapple Poll is a light hearted frolic. Lady and the Fool is a bittersweet satire on the plight of society's outcasts with La Capricciosa danced by Svetlana Beriosova in the year she became Prima Ballerina at Sadler’s Wells. Both ballets are rare studio performances from the BBC’s earliest television archives and are released here for the first time on DVD.The ICA Classics Legacy series presents a collection of historic performances by some of the world’s greatest artists. These performances are released on DVD for the first time, incorporating rare archive footage that has been expertly and lovingly restored.More details

 

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