Prima Ballerina Assoluta

Prima ballerina assoluta is a rank or title given to the most notable of female ballet dancers. To be recognised as a prima ballerina assoluta is a very rare honour, reserved only for the most exceptional prima ballerinas, usually those who have achieved international acclaim. The title of primer danseur noble is the same rank given to the males in ballet who've achieved such success.

The term prima ballerina assoluta was originally inspired by the Italian ballet masters of the early Romantic Ballet and was bestowed on a ballerina who was considered to be exceptionally talented and above the standard of other leading ballerinas. The title is very rarely used today and recent uses have typically been symbolic, in recognition of a notable career and as a result, it is commonly viewed as an honour rather than an active rank.

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Prima Ballerina Assolutas - History
1894, when French ballet master Marius Petipa bestowed it on Italian ballerina Pierina Legnani ... He considered her to be the supreme leading ballerina in all of Europe ... The second ballerina to be given the title was Legnani's contemporary Mathilde Kschessinska ...
Ballets By Marius Petipa - St. Petersburg, Russia - The Golden Age of Russian Ballet
... ballet set in ancient Rome La Vestale for the visiting Italian ballerina Elena Cornalba ... caused a sensation, with many critics and balletomanes hailing her as the supreme ballerina of her generation ... In the last act she astounded the audience by performing a feat never before executed by any Ballerina 32 fouett├ęs en tournant ...
People Educated At The Royal Ballet School - Prima Ballerina Assoluta
... only a small number of dancers in history to have been recognised as Prima Ballerina Assoluta, the ultimate honorary title for a ballerina ... Ballet, Margot Fonteyn was appointed Prima Ballerina Assoluta of the company in 1979 ... from 1959 to 1966, Eva Evdokimova would go on to become an international guest ballerina, being recognised as a Prima Ballerina Assoluta following her performances with the Kirov Ballet in the late 1970s ...

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