Makarova, Natalia


Russian prima ballerina, Kirov Ballet star 1956-70, danced with ABT & London Ballet after defecting, famously partnered with Baryshnikov


Autograph ID: 5977
Condition: Very good, slight crease and edge nick at right side by year
Description: “(b.1940) Soviet-Russian-born prima ballerina and choreographer, one of the finest 20th century ballet dancers. Born in Leningrad (now, St. Petersburg) in the USSR, at 12 she auditioned for, and was accepted by, the Leningrad Choreographic School (formerly the Imperial Ballet School). She was a permanent member of Leningrad’s Kirov Ballet 1956-70, achieving prima ballerina status during the 1960s. She defected to the West while on tour with the Kirov in London and soon after began performing with the American Ballet Theatre in NYC and the Royal Ballet in London. in the West, she was eager to expand her choreography by dancing ballets by modern choreographers. At the same time, she remained most identified with classical roles such as Odette/Odile in “Swan Lake” and “Giselle”. In December 1975, she and her dance partner Mikhail Baryshnikov featured prominently in an episode of the BBC TV series “Arena.” She was featured in the 1976 live ABT production of “Swan Lake” simulcast from Lincoln Center on PBS & NPR. In 1989, she returned to the Kirov, reuniting with family and former colleagues and teachers. Her emotional homecoming was documented in the film “Makarova Returns”. After her performance at the Kirov, she retired from dancing, donating her shoes and costumes to the Kirov Museum. Today she stages ballets for companies across the world. She won a 1983 Tony and other awards for her performance in the Broadway revival of “On Your Toes”. In 1981, she danced at The Inaugural Gala Performance for President Elect Ronald Reagan at the Kennedy Center. She received a 2012 Kennedy Center Honor.
Signed blank verso of 3 ½ x 5 ½ US postcard, adds 1992.”
Type: Signed Card

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