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Marguerite Donlon

Identity Statement

Reference Code: IE 2135 N17
Title: The Marguerite Donlon Papers
Dates of Creation: 2001-ongoing
Level of Description: Fonds
Extent and Medium: 157 items (89 files)


Name of Creator(s): Donlon, Marguerite (b.1966)

Biographical History: Marguerite Donlon was born in 1966 in County Longford. Her early life was influenced by traditional Irish dance, and she did not begin her ballet studies until the age of 16. She received her training from Anica Dawson and Dorothy Stevens, and was a member of the English National Ballet under Peter Schaufuss. In 1990, she became a solo dancer and choreographer with the Deutsche Oper Berlin. She has worked with many celebrated artists, including Natalia Makarova, Rudolf Nureyev and Sir Kenneth MacMillan.

In 2001, Donlon became director of the ballet at the Saarländisches Staatstheater. Her resident company, Donlon Dance Company, is renowned for the highly technical and artistic level of its dancers. They have presented not only Donlon's choreographies but those of prominent artists such as Jií Kylián, Christian Spuck, Helena Waldmann and Rafael Bonachela. Donlon's artistic and innovative style, which combines different art forms and humour, has been recognised through several awards and nominations.

Content & Structure

Scope and Content: Programmes, posters, postcards, press reviews and DVDs illustrating Donlon's career as artistic director of the ballet at the Saarländische Staatstheater.

Conditions of Access & Use

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