New York City Ballet's Spring Season
Darcey Bussell's Farewell, and more
The Royal Ballet
by John Percival
My goodness. Five photographs of Darcey Bussell all across the front page of The Times. Further pictures, in that and other papers, of her both weeping and smiling during curtain calls. And a live television broadcast of her dancing on the last night of the season (has that happened before since Natalia Makarova's reconciliation with the Kirov Ballet in London?). Anyway, she has very publicly and, she says, irrevocably retired from ballet (although she does have some different shows lined up). She is going rather young: her Royal Ballet career lasted only twenty years. But some of us felt she never fully lived up to her early promise, although her many fans might want to kill me for saying so, and her uniquely industrious publicity never ceased. She says she wants to care for her two young children, and anyway perhaps a touch of strain could be seen lately. READ MORE
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