16 Facts About Anthony Dowell


Sir Anthony James Dowell was born on 16 February 1943 and is a retired British ballet dancer and a former artistic director of the Royal Ballet.

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Anthony Dowell is widely recognized as one of the great danseurs nobles of the twentieth century.

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Anthony Dowell continued his training there, moving to the Barons Court studios for the final three years of his course of study.

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In 1965, Anthony Dowell was cast in Ashton's elegant and serene Monotones and then as the boisterous Benvolio in Kenneth MacMillan's historic production of Romeo and Juliet.

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Anthony Dowell subsequently created dramatic roles in the ballets of Ashton, MacMillan, and others.

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Anthony Dowell undertook more lighthearted roles in La fille mal gardee, Card Game, and Varii Capricci, with which, in 1983, Ashton celebrated his continued partnership with Sibley.

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Anthony Dowell was praised for the passion and musicality he brought to leading roles in Ashton's Cinderella, Daphnis and Chloe, and Symphonic Variations, in MacMillan's Song of the Earth and Romeo and Juliet, in Jerome Robbins's Dances at a Gathering and In the Night, and in George Balanchine's Agon.

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Anthony Dowell began to look for opportunities beyond Covent Garden.

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Dancing of Anthony Dowell can be viewed on a number of commercially available DVDs, listed below.

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In 1984, Anthony Dowell was appointed assistant to Norman Morrice, director of the Royal Ballet.

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Maria Almeida was cast as Ondine, the role created in 1958 by Margot Fonteyn, and Anthony Dowell shared the stage with her as Palemon, the role originated by Michael Somes.

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Anthony Dowell appeared as the narrator of Igor Stravinsky's opera-oratorio Oedipus rex at the Metropolitan Opera House in New York and for the Joffrey and Royal Ballet productions of Ashton's A Wedding Bouquet, speaking the verses of Gertrude Stein.

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Anthony Dowell remains active as a guest coach with the Royal Ballet, as a governor of the Royal Ballet School, and as a member of the Royal Academy of Dance and the Imperial Society of Teachers of Dancing.

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In 1972, Anthony Dowell was presented with the annual Dance Magazine Award for the man whose contributions had made a lasting impact on the dance world.

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Anthony Dowell was then the youngest dancer ever to be so honored.

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Some time after that affair ended, Anthony Dowell met Jay Jolley, a young American who had starred in London Festival Ballet before being invited to join the Royal Ballet as a principal dancer.

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