Natalia Makarova, beautiful star of the Russian Kirov ballet, was in hiding on Saturday (5 September) after being granted asylum in britain.
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Background: Natalia Makarova, beautiful star of the Russian Kirov ballet, was in hiding on Saturday (5 September) after being granted asylum in britain.
Miss Makarova had just finished a season with a Kirov ballet at London's Festival Hall.
From the Strand Palace Hotel in central London where the company was staying, she phoned Scotland Yard on Friday night, saying she wanted to stay in Britain.
She was immediately taken to the Home Office, which later gave her permission to remain. Friends were notified, and she reported to have gone with them to the country.
The probable procedure now is that a complaint will be made from the Russian Embassy in London. It will rest with the U.K. Foreign Office to decide whether Miss Makarova will in fact be allowed to stay permanently in Britain.
Miss Makarova's defection came on the penultimate day of a six-week Kirov season at the Festival Hall, just across the river Thames from the House of Parliament. On the night of her defection she was due to appear as Princess Florin in "Sleeping Beauty".
It was from the Leningrad Kirov company that Rudolf Nureyev made his sensational break to the West during a Paris tour in 1961.
Miss Makarova was on her third London tour with the Kirov, and is a firm favourite with British audiences. And it was this, according to her many friends in Britain, that made her take the decision of a lifetime.
London was the city that gave the dancer her first big success in 1961, when her Giselle was acclaimed by ballet-lovers and critics. From that moment on she is said to have looked on London with special affection.
She apparently kept silent about her intentions right to the end. Many of her friends appeared startled when told the news.