Diana herself recalls the empowering experience of working with the legendary Lynn Seymour
, who coached her for the SFB's company premier of Kenneth McMillan's The Invitation.
Palmer has gathered or recycled commentaries by Nureyev, Ashton, Lynn Seymour
, Robert Helpmann, Roland Petit, Ninette de Valois, Monica Mason, Michael Somes, Beryl Grey, biographer Meredith Daneman, and Dance Magazine senior consulting editor Clive Barnes.
One thinks, too, of the youthful eroticism of Lynn Seymour
and Christopher Gable in Romeo and Juliet and Les Deux Pigeons.
had that gymnastic ability, and she was so real, and such an actress.
Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan, originally danced by Lynn Seymour
, evoke Duncan's passion and physicality.
"I mean, I wander into the Royal's studios, and I'm watching Antoinette Sibley and Lynn Seymour
coaching Tamara Rojo in Manon, and I'm thinking, 'That's amazing.
I think it can also be glimpsed in that marvelous solo Frederick Ashton made for Lynn Seymour
, Five Brahms Waltzes in the Manner of Isadora Duncan.
The tribute opened with a performance, neither particularly well staged nor danced, of George Balanchine's Apollo, one of Nureyev's favorite roles; it proceeded with what might be called "Nureyeviana" (such excerpts as the trio from Kenneth MacMillan's Images of Love, which Nureyev created, along with Lynn Seymour
and Christopher Gable), and ended with Nureyev's own staging of the last act of Raymonda.
And what a lineup it was: Lynn Seymour
, his muse for so many early ballets; Sir Peter Wright; David Wall, who created Lescaut in Manon and Rudolph in Mayerling; Wayne Eagling; Birgit Keil from Stuttgart, who created roles in Song of the Earth, Requiem, and Las Hermanas; Darcey Bussell, who was MacMillan's last muse, creating Rose in Prince of the Pagodas and Masha in Winter Dreams (where she was partnered by then newly defected ex-Bolshoi super-principal Irek Mukhamedov); Dame Antoinette Sibley; Sir Anthony Dowell; and Monica Mason, now the acting director of The Royal Ballet but remembered for her dancing and especially her splendid Chosen Maiden in The Rite of Spring.