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Thursday, August 3, 2017

Throwback Thursday and David Adams

Throwback Thursday and David Adams

Born in Winnipeg on November 16, 1928, David Adams was Canada’s first great danseur noble. Celia Franca, co-founder of the National Ballet of Canada, said she believed it was the onstage chemistry between David and his wife Lois that first attracted audiences.

David Adams joined the company in 1951 – one of its founding members. Here he was not only a principal dancer, but also a choreographer. He created traditional works, but also experimented with more contemporary pieces.

Later in his career, he joined the Royal Ballet. Here he was nicknamed “the Forklift”, because he could do lifts no other dancer could.

He had other interests besides dance, including carpentry and film. He was often behind a camera, shooting anything that he found interesting, including footage of the early days of the National Ballet of Canada.

David Adams retired from the dance world in 1996. He lived at his country home in Stony Plain, near Edmonton. In 2004, a stroke left him in a wheelchair. He died on October 24, 2007.

From the Big Blue Book of Ballet Secrets
Dance History Factoid #177:
“David Adams was a founding member of the National Ballet of Canada.”

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John Banville, The Sea

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