Remembering Marie-Claire D'Lyse - former dancer of the Vienna State Ballet
Thoughts, memories… It is amazing how some dancers can leave an eternal impression in my mind.
Marie-Claire D’Lyse belongs to this category of gifted dancers.
I distinctly remember her, still in the Corps-de-Ballet, as the “first” dancer to enter the stage in “The kingdom of Shades” (from “La Bayadére”), the “poor girl” that had to do all of the 36 ( or 38?) Arabesques (I honestly have never counted them). But just a very strong dancer can do that.
Beautiful technique (a very strong dancer), beauty and good looks… But she used them as a tool for her art. She DANCED exposing her feelings and emotions... This is what dance is all about - not endless fouettés... but I do believe that what mostly fascinated me about her was her incredible versatility. As a very intelligent, three-dimensional dancer, she would change like a chameleon from role to role – Myrtha, one of the big Swans, “Bella Figura”, a Fairy in “Sleeping Beauty”, the “crazy” Stepmother in Cinderella, “Midsummer’s Night dream”, “Suite en Blanc” just to name a few.
Miss D’Lyse gave us beautiful moments – and we are very thankful for that. When she and her husband left for the San Franciso Ballet, I was sad.
I, particularly, still miss her very much on our stages…