In honor of Dame Margot Fonteyn’s 104th birthday, MFAB is celebrating the legacy of Fonteyn, a week of festivities, performances, film viewings, book signings and workshops will be held from May 13- May 18, 2023.
Prescott, Arizona May 5, 2023 (Issuewire.com) – In honor of Dame Margot Fonteyn’s 104th birthday, MFAB is celebrating the legacy of Fonteyn, focusing on Sleeping Beauty, the ballet role Margot Fonteyn is most famously known.
The celebration week commences at the Ruth Street Theater on May 13 at 3 pm, international ballet dancers, including the famous Black Swan ballerina Sarah Lane, will be performing highlights of some of the most beautiful sections of different classical ballets as well as Sleeping Beauty suite.
Local residents have the opportunity to watch the film screening of Margot Fonteyn performing Sleeping Beauty on May 14 at the Washington School, a great Mothering Sunday gift. Prescott dancers can join the two workshops with MFAB; a Ballet Masterclass with Mr. Ken Ludden on May 15 and a class on May 16 focusing on the Sleeping Beauty Pantomime. Arizona Philharmonic will be performing on May 17, with British conductor Alexander Walker at the Washington School. Finishing the week with a Centennial Award Ceremony open to the public on May 18.
“The Fonteyn Academy is excited to be celebrating Dame Margot Fonteyn’s birthday here in Prescott. We are bringing some of the world’s most talented ballet dancers and the conductor Alexander Walker to Arizona for our Prescott community to witness, it is not to be missed.” Ken Ludden, MFAB Artistic Director.
Sarah Lane was the dancing double for Natalie Portman in Fox Searchlight Pictures’ feature film Black Swan and has been a principal dancer with the American Ballet Theatre since 2017. Sarah will be dancing in the Sleeping Beauty suite at the Fonteyn Celebration Week Gala in Prescott, Arizona on May 13.
Alexander Walker: “It will be a real pleasure to be involved in a week celebrating the miraculous art of Margot Fonteyn. In addition to sharing with her a background in her company, the Covent Royal Ballet, I have throughout my career had the privilege of sharing my passion for British music with musicians all over the world. This has been particularly true for the music of Elgar, to which Margot danced so beautifully in Ashton’s choreography of Chanson d’amour. I have been able to share my love of Elgar’s music with musicians all over the globe, many of whom were previously unfamiliar with it, and the tenderness and passion never fail to connect. I am very excited about sharing this wonderful music with the people of Arizona.”
About Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet
The Margot Fonteyn Academy of Ballet is an Arizona 501(c)3 nonprofit organization that teaches classical theatrical dancing to the highest standards worldwide, so dancers may become artistic leaders of their generations. Based on Dame Margot Fonteyn’s experience as the most celebrated ballerina of all time, and her long experience dancing on stages around the world, Fonteyn’s art, by the end of her life, was regarded as the ultimate in dance performance. Now, in Prescott, Arizona, today’s talented young children will have the opportunity to receive training at an institution that offers world-class ballet training along with in-depth education in music, drama, visual art, and technical arts, set forth by Dame Margot Fonteyn. All of this is possible due to the vision of Dame Margot Fonteyn, as passed down through her colleague and co-founder, Ken Ludden. More information about auditions, classes, donations, and volunteering can be found at MFAB.org.
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Ruth Street Theater (1050 Ruth St, Prescott, AZ 86301) on
May 12th from 4:00 PM to 6:00 PM.
Please feel free to capture photos and interviews of our international dancers.
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