Monday, April 20, 2009
Peter Martins Photographs
I recently read Far From Denmark, the moving autobiography of Peter Martins, the Danish dancer who joined the New York City Ballet and eventually took over the company after Balanchine died. Usually, I prefer male dancers with compact bodies rather than super slender types - say, Rudolf Nureyev or the Opéra de Paris's Wilfred Romoli rather than the Royal Ballet's Anthony Dowell. Peter Martins was very much the latter type, so he was never among my favorites. Yet I found the pictures in his book just breathtaking - the lines of his attitude are clean, svelte, yet powerful. He was also a wonderful partner for the divine, divine Suzanne Farrell.