Antoinette Sibley (published 1982)

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Antoinette Sibley (published 1982)

Description

Sibley discusses her training at Sadler's Wells School and her roles in classical ballet, focusing on Swan Lake. She explains what it means to be a musical dancer and the huge impact music played in helping her interpret roles. Sibley speaks about the importance of dancing a variety of roles and discusses her take of the role of Giselle.

Biographical note:

Sibley was born in Bromley, England in 1939. As a dancer she was known for her elegance and roles in the classics. She joined the Royal Ballet in 1956. Sibley's big break came when she danced Swan Lake at a mere twelve hours notice. She created roles for Frederick Ashton and Kenneth MacMillan and frequently partnered with Anthony Dowell until her retirement in 1979. Sibley became president of the Royal Academy of Dance in 1991 and remained in that position until 2012.

Publisher

Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

October 15, 1979

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Relation

http://www.youtube.com/watch?v=ZvZAtu6BmL0

Is Part Of

Newman, B. (1982). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.
Newman, B. (1992). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. New York: Limelight Editions.

Identifier

sibley1979oct15_sideb_clip.mp3

Provenance

Interviews recorded on cassette by Barbara Newman

Rights Holder

Barbara Newman, Antoinette Sibley

Oral History Item Type Metadata

Original Format

Audio Cassette Tape

Digital Format

mp3

Digital Master

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Duration

00:03:26
00:01:07
00:01:18

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128 kbps/24 kHz
128 kbps/44.1 kHz
128 kbps/44.1 kHz

Interviewer

Barbara Newman

Interviewee

Antoinette Sibley, 1939-

Location

London, UK

Additional content

"I loved Antoinette Sibley's dancing - as the Quakers say, 'It spoke to my condition' - so it didn't really matter to me what she talked about. But since she turned formal elegance and refined breeding into personal trademarks, it seemed only fitting to ask her about one of the touchstones of the classical repertory. Sibley was trained for the classics, aimed at the classics, blessed with the body to dance them exquisitely and the temperament to increase their effect exponentially. Raised to her highest power in Swan Lake, she was classicism embodied, so serenely at her ease that she made artifice appear artless, and thus natural, and eventually inevitable. Few dancers ever probe both the subtle emotional nuances and the heroic physical structure of the monumental classics. At the Royal Ballet, Margot Fonten did, and Svetlana Beriosova, and then Sibley. With a certain impatience, I wonder who will be next, and when. Such dancing is addictive" Barbara Newman (1982).

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Citation

“Antoinette Sibley (published 1982),” Dance Dialogues: Interviews by Barbara Newman, 1979-Present, accessed June 16, 2021, http://dancedialogues.prattsils.org/items/show/32.

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