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  Alicia Markova - Open Encyclopedia   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
She was born Lillian Alicia Marks to well-off parents in the Finsbury Park district of London.
Following the death of Diaghilev in 1929, Markova returned to England where she helped launch The Ballet Club (later Ballet Rambert), the Vic Wells Ballet (which ultimately became the Royal Ballet) and the Markova-Dolin Ballet (with Anton Dolin).
Markova appeared in ballets around the world, but is remembered mostly for her Giselle, as well as for The Dying Swan and Les Sylphides.
open-encyclopedia.com /Alicia_Markova   (251 words)

  
 Telegraph | News | Dame Alicia Markova
Alicia Markova prompted Balanchine to take his first steps away from the feminine stereotypes of Imperial classical ballet towards a more athletic, abstract role-playing which incorporated great energy; in Le Chant du Rossignol, his first ballet, in 1925, she was the eponymous Nightingale, wearing Matisse's new-fangled leotard.
Alicia Markova was appointed DBE in 1963, the year she retired from dancing and began a six-year stint as the director of ballet at the Metropolitan Opera, New York.
Alicia Markova lived in the same flat in Knightsbridge for more than half a century, and continued to teach and adjudicate competitions until she was in her late eighties.
portal.telegraph.co.uk /news/main.jhtml?xml=/news/2004/12/03/db0301.xml   (1919 words)

  
 Alicia Markova - Wikipedia, the free encyclopedia
Dame Alicia Markova (1 December 1910 2 December 2004) was an English prima ballerina.
Some time after suffering a stroke, Dame Alicia died on 2 December 2004 in a hospital in Bath, Somerset, one day after her 94th birthday.
Alicia Markova and Anton Dolin: a legend of British ballet ;: a collection of portraits / with foreword by Peter Williams
en.wikipedia.org /wiki/Alicia_Markova   (321 words)

  
 Ballet-Dance Magazine - Alicia Markova Obituary
Alicia Markova was the last surviving dancer from Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes, the fabled company that brought ballet from Tsarist Russia to the West and flourished there from 1909 until the death of its director in 1929.
Markova made her American debut in New York in 1938 with Giselle and won the hearts of audiences on the long national tours and the praise of critics from coast to coast.
Markova wrote two books: "Giselle and I" (1960) and "Markova Remembers" (1986), and she is the subject of several biographies and monographs on her life and art.
www.ballet-dance.com /200412/articles/markova200412.html   (662 words)

  
 Guardian Unlimited | Obituaries | Obituary: Dame Alicia Markova
Alicia Markova, who has died at the age of 94, epitomised all the qualities of a great ballerina: a total dedication to the art of classical dancing together with an imaginative understanding and insight into establishing a character through mime.
Markova subsequently directed the Metropolitan Opera Ballet (1963-69) in New York, was professor of ballet and performing arts at the College-Conservatory of Music, University of Cincinnati (from 1970), and became guest teacher and producer for many ballet companies throughout the world.
Markova was made CBE in 1958, DBE in 1963, and in the same year received the Queen Elizabeth II Coronation Award of the Royal Academy of Dancing.
www.guardian.co.uk /obituaries/story/0,,1365125,00.html   (2255 words)

  
 ballet.co - Legend
At 14 Markova was hired by Diaghilev, as his first and only child-star; even before then she had been dancing in public as 'the miniature Pavlova', and had had a private lesson with the real Pavlova, who told her to take good care of her teeth.
Markova did two invaluable things for the infant British ballet in the 1930s: first she joined it and then she left it.
Markova spent the 1940s mostly in America, initially with the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo and later with Ballet Theatre (for whom she created one of her most famous roles - Juliet in Anthony Tudor's Romeo and Juliet).
www.ballet.co.uk /old/legend_js_alicia_markova.htm   (607 words)

  
 The Scotsman - Obituaries - Dame Alicia Markova, Ballerina   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
The Scotsman - Obituaries - Dame Alicia Markova, Ballerina
Markova was not over-awed (as most were) by Diaghilev and the host of stars who surrounded him: she joyously called him "Sergypop" and chattered away to him in English - a language he refused to use with anyone else.
Markova was under contract to the Ballet Russe and spent the war in America as their principal dancer.
thescotsman.scotsman.com /obituaries.cfm?id=1385542004   (1020 words)

  
 Alicia Markova, British Ballet Legend, Dies (washingtonpost.com)
Dame Alicia Markova, whose ethereal dancing made her one of the 20th century's greatest ballet stars, died Dec. 2 in Bath, England, a day after her 94th birthday.
Alicia Markova, shown in 1943, was known for her "flawless" technique.
Miss Markova received a few private lessons from Pavlova and, as her own career developed, was often likened to the Russian legend for the beauty of her dancing style and for her intense, dark-haired appearance.
www.washingtonpost.com /wp-dyn/articles/A36116-2004Dec4.html   (845 words)

  
 Markova, Dame Alicia on Encyclopedia.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Markova joined Diaghilev 's Ballet Russe in 1924 and, in 1931, the Vic-Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet), becoming its first prima ballerina in 1933.
Markova was noted for her purity of line, precise style, and ethereal grace.
Obituary: Dame Alicia Markova; Ballerina of steely muscle and evangelical, unsnobbish zeal.(Obituaries)
www.encyclopedia.com /html/M/Markova.asp   (391 words)

  
 Markova Alicia Engels
During a BBC Radio 3 interview with Alicia Markova on the occasion of her 90th birthday.she said that the piano part was too difficult for the repetiteur (rehearsal pianist) so "they used a piano roll
Alicia was stricken with diphtheria and could not accept the job in 1921.
On her fourteenth birthday Alicia was accepted into the Ballets Russes, where she was renamed Alicia Markova and where she danced until Diaghilev's untimely death in 1929.
www.maurice-abravanel.com /markova_alicia_engels.html   (927 words)

  
 Dame Alicia Markova DBE   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Dame Alicia Markova, DBE (1910 2004) (born Lilian Alicia Marks) was one of the greatest ballerinas of the twentieth century.
Markova began to dance on medical advice to strengthen her weak limbs and made her stage debut at the age of ten (as Salome in a pantomime of Dick Whittington when she was billed as "Little Alicia, the child Pavlova").
Shortly afterwards Markova was involved in the establishment of Festival Ballet (now English National Ballet) and she danced as a guest with the Grand Ballet de Marquis de Cuevas, Royal Winnepeg Ballet, Royal Danish Ballet, La Scala Milan and Chicago Opera Ballet.
www.rambert.org.uk /archive/people/detail.asp?art=1594   (1075 words)

  
 AllRefer.com - Dame Alicia Markova (Dance, Biography) - Encyclopedia
Markova joined Diaghilev's Ballet Russe in 1924 and, in 1931, the Vic-Wells Ballet (now the Royal Ballet), becoming its first prima ballerina in 1933.
Markova was noted for her precise style and ethereal grace.
Her interpretations of Giselle, Pas de Quatre, Petrouchka, Swan Lake, and Romeo and Juliet were exceptionally celebrated.
reference.allrefer.com /encyclopedia/M/Markova.html   (246 words)

  
 BBC NEWS | Entertainment | Arts | Obituary: Dame Alicia Markova
Dame Alicia Markova, who has died in Bath aged 94, was the UK's first prima ballerina of the modern age, and, in her heyday, the greatest in the western world.
She was born Lilian Alicia Marks in London in 1910.
Alicia Markova spent World War II in the United States where, in a re-formed Ballets Russes, she played to huge audiences.
news.bbc.co.uk /1/hi/entertainment/arts/229664.stm   (467 words)

  
 The British Theatre Guide: Dame Alicia Markova (1910 - 2004)
Dame Alicia Markova, one of the greatest ballet dancers Britain has ever produced, has died at the age of 94.
Born Lilian Alicia Marks in Finsbury, North London, on 1st December, 1910, she didn't speak until the age of six.
She became Dame Alicia in 1963, retired from dancing and became director of ballet at the new York Metropolitan Opera.
www.britishtheatreguide.info /news/aliciamarkova.htm   (312 words)

  
 Ballerina Alicia Markova dead at 93 - World News - MSNBC.com   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
LONDON - Dame Alicia Markova, one of the 20th century’s greatest ballerinas and a co-founder of the English National Ballet, died Thursday at the age of 94.
Born Lilian Alicia Marks in London, when she was 10 she made her stage debut, billed as “Little Alicia, the child Pavlova.” After training with Serafima Astavieva in London, she joined Serge Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes in 1925 at the age of 14 and adopted the more exotic name of Markova.
Markova was the company’s first prima ballerina and served as its president from 1986 until her death.
www.msnbc.msn.com /id/6640716   (474 words)

  
 - Dame Alicia Markova
Dame Alicia Markova, DBE (born Lilian Alicia Marks) was one of the greatest ballerinas of the twentieth century.
Markova began to dance on medical advice to strengthen her weak limbs and made her stage debut at the age of ten (as Salome in a pantomime of Dick Wittington when she was billed as ‘Little Alicia, the child Pavlova’).
I think Markova must have been in her late thirties when I first saw her dance, but my main memories are from the time of the Festival Ballet in the 1950s, particularly Giselle and The Dying Swan.(Incidentally, the BBC website last night told us that Fokine had choreographed that specially for her.
www.ballet.co.uk /dcforum/news/2585.html   (2704 words)

  
 RoyalOperaHouse - Press Archive - 2.12.04 - Dame Alicia Markova DBE
We are deeply saddened to hear the news of the death of Dame Alicia Markova.
Dame Alicia Markova was born Lilian Alicia Marks in Finsbury Park, London, 1 December 1910.
Diaghilev changed her name to Alicia Markova and cast her in the title role of Le Chant du Rossignol, a ballet scored by Stravinsky, choreographed by Balanchine and costumes designed by Matisse.
info.royaloperahouse.org /News/Index.cfm?ccs=669   (545 words)

  
 Telegraph | Arts | Big dame, tiny feet
Dame Alicia Markova tells the story of her life in the thrilled, confiding tones of someone revealing the best-ever fairy tale.
Shaking hands with Markova puts you within one degree of separation of the greatest names of the 20th century but she drops them in the most matter-of-fact way possible: "Stravinsky gave me my musical education.
At Sadler's Wells Markova traded her starry, box-office appeal for the chance to dance Swan Lake, The Nutcracker - and Giselle, the role that became her trademark and which made the fullest use of her matchless blend of fragility and strength.
www.telegraph.co.uk /arts/main.jhtml?xml=/arts/2002/06/26/btmark26.xml   (1291 words)

  
 Dame Alicia Markova dies aged 94 | London Theatre Guide   (Site not responding. Last check: 2007-11-03)
Dame Alicia Markova, considered by many to be Britain’s greatest ever ballerina, has died at the age of 94.
Born in London in 1910, Markova was trained as a child by Sergei Diaghilev (of the Ballets Russes) and during the 1920s she became the muse for legendary choreographers Frederick Ashton and George Balanchine.
Markova’s huge influence on ballet spanned over 80 years, and she was still teaching classes in the late 1990s.
www.officiallondontheatre.co.uk /news/display/cm/contentId/82784   (272 words)

  
 Service of Thanksgiving for Dame Alicia Markova DBE
The Service of Thanksgiving for the Life and Work of Dame Alicia Markova DBE on 8 March saw a ‘full house' at Westminster Abbey as dance-lovers from around the country and overseas gathered to celebrate the life of the first, great, British ballerina.
Dame Alicia will be greatly missed by everyone in English National Ballet, but her mission — to make ballet as accessible and affordable as possible for people throughout the country — is a policy that will continue to inform the Company's work.
We are grateful to Doris Barry and Vivienne Haskell, Dame Alicia's surviving sisters, for their kindness and co-operation in devising the service and we are immensely grateful to The Very Reverend Dr Wesley Carr and The Reverend Chris Chivers for their guidance.
www.ballet.org.uk /DameAlicia_thanksgiving.htm   (310 words)

  
 BBC Radio 4 - Factual - Desert Island Discs - 29 September 2002
Dame Alicia Markova was born Lilian Alice Marks in December 1910, in a two-bedroom flat in Finsbury Park, London.
Dame Alicia joined Diaghilev's company, which was based in Monte Carlo, in 1925, a month after her 14th birthday.
Diaghilev changed her name to Alicia Markova and cast her in the title role of Nightingale in Le Rossignol, a ballet scored by Stravinsky, choreographed by Balanchine and costumes designed by Matisse.
www.bbc.co.uk /radio4/factual/desertislanddiscs_20020929.shtml   (491 words)

  
 PlaybillArts: News: Legendary Dancer Alicia Markova, Founder of English National Ballet, Dies
Alicia Markova, legendary ballerina and founder of the English National Ballet, died Thursday, December 2, the company announced.
Markova was considered one of the great 20th-century ballerinas, known for her performances in Giselle, Swan Lake, and Les Sylphides.
Markova retired from performing in 1963, and the same year became director of the Metropolitan Opera Ballet.
www.playbillarts.com /news/article/888.html   (445 words)

  
 Dance Magazine: Dame Alicia Markova
One of the great ballerinas of the 20th century, Dame Alicia Markova died last December just after her 94th birthday.
Born Lillian Alicia Marks in London, she studied from the age of 11 with the great Russian teacher Seraphine Astafieva.
The war over, Markova embarked on a series of international tours with Dolin, which culminated in 1949 with the founding of London Festival Ballet, now the English National Ballet.
www.findarticles.com /p/articles/mi_m1083/is_3_79/ai_n9534335   (543 words)

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