Performer, Artistic Director, Choreographer
( b. Jun 13, 1914 Liverpool, ENGLAND - d. May 04, 2013 New York, New York, USA ) Male
Frederic Franklin was a charismatic British-born dancer and ballet master who was known for his stylistic versatility and his inexhaustible energy.
His repertory ranged from the Prince in "Swan Lake" to a cowboy in "Rodeo" and Stanley Kowalski in a choreographic version of "A Streetcar Named Desire." As a principal dancer with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, Mr. Franklin was often paired with the Russian ballerina Alexandra Danilova to form one of the great partnerships of 20th-century ballet.
In 1935, Mr. Franklin joined the Markova-Dolin Ballet, a British company, and was soon considered a young dancer worth watching. Among those who saw him was Léonide Massine, who hired him for a new company, the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo. He remained with the company until financial troubles forced it to disband temporarily in 1951, but rejoined in 1954 and stayed until 1957.
When the Ballet Russe was temporarily inoperative, Mr. Franklin and Mia Slavenska, a ballerina with the company, formed a small touring group, the Slavenska-Franklin Ballet, with a varied repertory that ranged from "Nutcracker" excerpts to Valerie Bettis's sizzling adaptation of the Tennessee Williams's "Streetcar Named Desire," with Slavenska as Blanche DuBois to Mr. Franklin's Stanley.
Mr. Franklin occasionally choreographed ballets of his own. The most durable was "Tribute," created for the Ballet Russe in 1961. He won special acclaim for his revivals, which were notable for both their choreographic accuracy and their theatrical vividness.
Source: The New York Times