MacMillan’s 1962 Rite alters its impact with the choice of sacrificial victim. Zenaida Yanowsky accepts her fate, like a suicide martyr, instead of flailing frantically to the end. She submits in a trance, exalted as the embodiment of her people’s collective will. Her death is less shocking as a result.
Royal Ballet principle dancers Edward Watson, Lauren Cuthbertson, Zenaida Yanowsky and soloists Christina Arestis, Yasmine Naghdi and Romany Pajdak photograped by Tom Allen for Harper’s Bazaar UK, April 2014 issue.
Zenaida Yanowsky reflects on 23 years with The Royal Ballet
Principal of The Royal Ballet since 2001, Zenaida Yanowsky is a real
cornerstone of the Company. Here, she is interviewed by another legend
of the business, Darcey Bussell, who spent almost 20 years as a
Principal with The Royal Ballet.
The pair talk about a life and
career with The Royal Ballet, from favourite performances and roles
through to their thoughts on the Ashton triple bill in which Yanowsky
dances dance the role of Marguerite in Marguerite and Armand.