David Wall (published 1982)

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David Wall (published 1982)


Wall discusses the balcony scene in Romeo and Juliet, the emotional life of the characters, and applying the narrative dynamics of the play to the ballet.

Biographical note:

David Wall was born in 1946 and trained at the Royal Ballet School. He toured with the Royal Ballet under the direction of John Field. Wall's first major leading role was in Ashton's Two Pigeons, which he danced with his future wife, Alfreda Thorogood. He later danced the roles of Siegfried and Colas and received acclaim for his role in de Valois' The Rake's Progress. He retired in 1984 and became Associate Director of the Royal Academy of Dancing (1984-87) and then director (1987-91). In 1995 he became ballet master with the English National Ballet.


Pratt SILS LIS-665, Barbara Newman

Date Created

June 30, 1979, October 10, 1979



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Is Part Of

Newman, B. (1982). Striking a balance: Dancers talk about dancing. Boston: Houghton Mifflin.




Interviews recorded on cassette by Barbara Newman

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Barbara Newman, David Wall

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Audio Cassette Tape

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Barbara Newman


David Wall, 1946-


June 30, 1979, Wolf Trap Theatre, Washington, D.C.
October 10, 1979, Royal Ballet School, London, U.K.

Additional content

"Time works on dancers like water on stone, smoothing and shaping them, slowly revealing their most characteristic features. If you frequently see someone dance, you won't notice any change in him at all until you look around one day and find that the dancer he used to be has disappeared. David Wall used to be a promising youngster standing at the end of a long line of Royal Ballet princes. Then, one by one, each of his predecessors vacated the throne. While I was watching Blair, Gable, Nureyev, MacLeary, and Dowell depart, over a period of years, Wall was emerging as the logical heir to their legacy. He quickly fulfilled his early promise as a danseur noble, but only with time have I discovered the dramatic depths, shadows, and myriad colors of his dancing. Today, as if suddenly for me, he has the maturity, authority, and unerring theatrical instincts to create a tempestuous, adolescent Romeo," Barbara Newman (1982).




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