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Galina Samsova, magnetic and rising star of the London Festival Ballet and Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet – obituary

For Galina Samsova, however, the breakup only started another remarkable chapter, and in 1978, at age 41, she began a superb decade as a ballerina with Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet (the sister company of Covent Garden Royal Ballet).

There she brought her majestic style and sensitive touch to the staging and interpretation of the Imperial Russian classics Swan Lake, Raymonda Act III and Paquita grand pas, and captivated viewers in dramatic ballets such as Las Hermanas. by Kenneth MacMillan, The Invitation and Quartet, Intimate Letters by Lynn Seymour and La Fête strange by Andrée Howard.

Eventually invited by the Royal Ballet in Covent Garden, during the 1980-81 season, she danced Swan Lake and Giselle to critical ovations saluting one of the world’s most outstanding artists.

More important to Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet were her classic co-productions with company director Peter Wright of Swan Lake and Paquita, using detailed coaching notes she had kept from her days in Kiev. Both his exemplary dance and his skillful teaching of refined nuances to others, reinforced the classical reputation of the troupe.

Her planned staging of a full Raymonda was canceled for cost reasons, but after Sadler’s Wells Royal Ballet moved to Birmingham (which became Birmingham Royal Ballet in 1990), the new luxurious staging Galina Samsova-Wright from Giselle baffled critics by unexpectedly lining up a tall white stallion and a pack of beagles.