Since our last newsletter we have had two very interesting meetings, where we welcomed two guests who last spoke to us seven years ago. At the first, it was a pleasure to welcome First Soloist Claire Calvert.She last spoke to us in 2012, the year she was promoted to Soloist, and before a serious injury which kept her off for about a year. Claire spoke in some detail about the injury and the process of recovery.
She then spoke about different aspects of her career, including, in particular, some of ballet’s most technical roles, such as the Lilac Fairy, Myrthe and Gamzatti, as well as lighter roles such as Lescaut’s Mistress, Queen of Hearts, Mercedes, the Gypsy in Two Pigeons, and a variety of harlots. Claire also touched upon changes that had occurred whilst she had been in the Company.
Currently many dancers are being given opportunities early in their careers, whilst most of Claire’s generation had to wait longer before they were offered such roles. Claire provided us with a fascinating evening.
At this meeting, we also had an extensive display of photographs, artefacts and a painting of Dame Margot Fonteyn provided by our member Jennie Walton, from her extensive collection of Margot memorabilia. We are very grateful to Jennie for mounting this display to celebrate Dame Margot’s centenary, her birthday being on the 18th May.