Ballet Dancer David Wall Has Died

Sculpture based on David Wall. Attribution: Philip Halling.
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Sculpture “Jete” by Enzo Plazzotta based on David Wall. Attribution: Philip Halling.

Sadly, I just learned that David Wall has died. At the age of 67 he’s died of cancer.

Ballet Dancer David Wall Has Died

[Wall] was a regular partner to Dame Margot Fonteyn (1919 – 1991), became the Royal Ballet’s youngest principal aged 21 in 1966, having joined the touring company just three years earlier.

Read Matilda Battersby complete article at The Independent.

Wall was only 20, when he was promoted to Soloist and a year later became the youngest male Principal in the history of The Royal Ballet, where he remained until 1970.

In 1977, he won the Evening Standard Award for Outstanding Achievement in Dance. Wall retired from The Royal Ballet in 1984 and was awarded the CBE.

In 1985 Wall joined the Royal Academy of Dancing where he was Director and General Secretary until 1991. Following this he became Guest Repetiteur with London City Ballet, and joined English National Ballet as Ballet Master in 1995.

There is a 1975 statue, “Jete” by Enzo Plazzotta based on David Wall, on the corner of 46-57 Millbank, Westminster, London.

For complete biography visit wikipedia.com.

[Mr. Wall was] widely known for creating the role of Crown Prince Rudolf in Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet Mayerling – possibly the most arduous for a male dancer in the entire dance repertory – he was also outstanding in classical, romantic and humorous parts.

The Guardian has the information.

Ballet Dancer David Wall Has Died

Lynn Seymour and David Wall dance the bedroom pas de deux from Kenneth MacMillan’s “Romeo and Juliet”. Filmed in 1979 late in Seymour’s career as part of the documentary by Karin Altmann “Lynn Seymour: In a Class of her Own”. She was the originally intended creator of the part but the premiere was given to Fonteyn instead. Seymour was then routinely third or fourth cast in the run. MacMillan envisioned the lead roles on Seymour and Christopher Gable. Nureyev and Fonteyn were superstars and put the ballet on the map.

Thanks to Gualtier Maldè for sharing this video!

Ballet Dancer David Wall Has Died

Tributes have been paid to Wall since news of his death broke. Speaking to the BBC his friend Christopher Price described him as “a great dancer and artist”.

“It has been an honour to know him and he has brought the world and his family so much joy and happiness during his lifetime,” he said.

Writing on Twitter English National Ballet Director and dancer Tamara Rojo wrote:  “Yesterday, we dedicated our performance of Swan Lake to the memory of David Wall, great artist, maestro and friend”.

Ballet master and principal character artist at the Royal Ballet and Royal Opera House Gary Avis wrote: “With admiration, gratitude and respect I thank you David Wall for being a friend, mentor and gentleman!

The Independent report here.

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2 Comments

  1. Somewhat unusually for a ballet dancer, but clearly marking his significance, David’s death has been covered on the BBC Radio 4 News this morning, and there was a item on the Today programme just before 8-30 in which John Humphrys interviewed Deborah Bull about him.

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  2. Marshall,
    Today, almost a year later, his life was celebrated in London.
    Thanks for your kind comment!
    – Romy Macias

    Reply

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