RIP: Maria Tallchief (1925-2013)

America’s first prima ballerina, Maria Tallchief: January 24, 1925 – April 11, 2013.

She talks of working with her first husband, George Balanchine:

To me, her performance as Eurydice in Orpheus may be the most emotionally expressive thing I have ever seen danced, though I only saw portions of it on video:

Maria Tallchief as Eurydice.

Maria Tallchief as Eurydice.

Even after she retired from dance, she remained a national treasure.

Rest in peace.

 

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