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Stuart Sweeney
posted October 06, 2001 03:25     Click Here to See the Profile for Stuart Sweeney   Click Here to Email Stuart Sweeney     Edit/Delete Message
A remarkable force in ballet passes away:

Gerd Larsen - obituary in The Times
Dedicated teacher and brilliant exponent of character roles who served the Royal Ballet through five decades.

Many thousands of spectators will remember Gerd Larsen best for her acting in the leading character roles with the Royal Ballet, above all perhaps as Berthe, mother of the heroine in Giselle. This was the part which effectively began her long reign as Covent Garden’s chief practitioner of such performances, when she was picked out for special coaching in it by the one-time Maryinsky ballerina Tamara Karsavina, who taught Larsen the old St Petersburg mime scene for a revised staging of Giselle in 1960.
There were arguments about the desirability of this long passage of conventional gestures which few could fully follow, but there was no disputing the clarity and force with which Larsen interpreted it.

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Gerd Larsen - obituary in The Daily Telegraph

GERD LARSEN, the Norwegian-born ballet dancer who has died aged 81, had a 52-year career with the Royal Ballet during which she transformed from a graceful classical soloist into one of the company's most distinguished character artists and coaches.

For almost four decades she dominated in the roles of mothers, queens, nurses and brothel-keepers at Covent Garden, having not only the classical background to impart dignity to such roles, but also the warm personality to lend them the dramatic significance that eluded lesser performers.

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Red Shoes
posted October 06, 2001 05:16     Click Here to See the Profile for Red Shoes   Click Here to Email Red Shoes     Edit/Delete Message
The name of Gerd Larsen rang a bell.
I remember her for seeing her photo in character parts in my Princess Ballet Annuals during the 1960's.
When little girls liked horse-riding and ballet and Barbies, not boy bands, make-up and real babies.

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Stuart Sweeney
posted October 09, 2001 23:58     Click Here to See the Profile for Stuart Sweeney   Click Here to Email Stuart Sweeney     Edit/Delete Message
I've copied these comments across from another of our forums:

Moderator posted October 06, 2001 06:41
I never saw her as a dancer - other than as a character dancer. She certainly brought luster to that genre. Her portrayal as Juliet's nurse is indelible in my mind.

Moderator posted October 09, 2001 20:17
How sad. I never really saw her in anything but R&J, but she certainly had an interesting life!

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Emma Pegler
posted October 12, 2001 03:38     Click Here to See the Profile for Emma Pegler   Click Here to Email Emma Pegler     Edit/Delete Message
Another obituary for Ms Larsen by Nadine Meisner of the Independent:

Gerd Larsen
12 October 2001
Gerd Larsen, ballet dancer and teacher: born Oslo 20 February 1920; twice married (one daughter); died London 4 October 2001.

Regular spectators of the Royal Ballet will remember Gerd Larsen's prominence on stage – an upright woman, with a broad, pleasant face and fair colouring. If there was an important character role to play – Giselle's mother, Juliet's nurse, the brothel keeper in Manon – she was the one to play it. But few who saw her night after night will have known that in her youth she originally made her mark as a solo dancer.


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