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Merle Park (1937-), Prima ballerina

Dame Merle Florence Park

Sitter in 4 portraits
Born in Rhodesia, Park joined the Company in 1954 and was promoted to principal in 1962. One of a number of rising ballerinas to emerge in the early 1960s, including Seymour and Sibley, she shared with them the role of Juliet in Romeo and Juliet (1965). She created roles in Antony Tudor's Shadowplay (1967), Nureyev's London Nutcracker (1968), and for MacMillan the role of Countess Larisch in Mayerling (1978) and the title role in Isadora (1981). She gave many guest appearances overseas, often dancing with Nureyev. In 1983 she became director of The Royal Ballet School and in 1986 she was made a Dame.

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Merle Park

by Bernard Lee ('Bern') Schwartz
dye transfer print, 11 November 1976
NPG P1232


Merle Park

by Pamela Chandler
modern bromide print from original negative, 1968
NPG x88826


Merle Park

by Vivienne
vintage colour print, 1960s
NPG x137768


Merle Park

by Roy Round
bromide press print, 1967
NPG x184077