Google Doodle celebrates Maria Tallchief, member of the Osage Nation who was America’s first major prima ballerina, in honor of Native American Heritage Month in the U.S. with video Doodle on November 14, 2020.
Who was Maria Tallchief?
Elizabeth Marie “Betty” Tallchief was born on January 24, 1925 in Fairfax, Oklahoma, U.S. She was an American ballet ballerina. She was viewed as America’s first significant prima ballet ballerina. She was the first Native American to hold the position, and is said to have revolutionized ballet.
Nearly from birth, Maria Tallchief was engaged with dance, beginning formal lessons at age three. At the point when she was eight, her family moved from her birth home of Fairfax, Oklahoma, to Los Angeles, California, to propel the careers of her and her more youthful sister, Marjorie.
Maria Tallchief started her ballet training at three years old and kept on doing as such upon the family’s migration to Beverly Hills in 1933. Resolved to became a dancer, she moved to New York after secondary school and joined the regarded Russian company Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo that very year.
At age 17, Maria Tallchief moved to New York City looking for a spot with a major ballet company, and, at the asking of her superiors, took the name Maria Tallchief. She went through the following five years with the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo, where she met incredible choreographer George Balanchine.
In 1944, Maria Tallchief initially worked with the now-legendary choreographer George Balanchine. Her virtuosic skill and electric energy demonstrated an ideal counterpart for Balanchine’s demanding works. After she became the first American to hit the dance floor with the Paris Opera Ballet, Tallchief got back to New York and joined the Ballet Society, which was helped to establish by Balanchine and before long renamed the New York City Ballet in 1946. Tallchief became the organization’s first star. Her enormous ability was perceived when she was named the company’s first-ever prima ballet ballerina.
Elizabeth Marie was known as “Betty Marie” to loved ones. Porter had met Alexander Tall Chief, a single man, while visiting her sister, who was his mom’s servant at that point.
The mix of Balanchine’s troublesome movement and Tallchief’s passionate dancing revolutionized the ballet. Her 1949 role in The Firebird launch Tallchief to the top of the prima ballerina, building up her as a prima ballet ballerina. Her role as the Sugarplum Fairy in The Nutcracker changed the ballet from obscure to America’s most popular.
Following Maria Tallchief’s retirement from dancing in 1965, she proceeded to fill in as the artistic director of the Chicago Lyric Opera Ballet and the founder and artistic director of the Chicago City Ballet.
For her suffering effect on American ballet, Tallchief was drafted into the National Women’s Hall of Fame in 1996, got the National Medal for the Arts in 1999, and was after death accepted into the National Native American Hall of Fame in 2018.
Maria Tallchief traveled the world, becoming the first American to perform in Moscow’s Bolshoi Theater. She showed up on American TV before she resigned in 1966. In the wake of resigning from dance, Tallchief was active in advancing ballet in Chicago. She served as director of ballet for the Lyric Opera of Chicago for most of the 1970s and appeared the Chicago City Ballet in 1981.
Maria Tallchief was honored by the individuals of Oklahoma with various statues and an honorific day. She was enlisted in the National Women’s Hall of Fame and got a National Medal of Arts. In 1996, Tallchief got a Kennedy Center Honor for lifetime accomplishments. Her life has been the subject of numerous documentaries and biographies.
Throughout 18 years with the organization, Maria Tallchief featured in acclaimed productions, for example, “The Firebird” (1949), “Swan Lake” (1951), and “The Nutcracker” (1954)— which are all portrayed in the present Doodle. In her famous role as the Sugar Plum Fairy, she raised “The Nutcracker” from relative lack of definition into one of ballet’s generally well known, long-running productions.
In December 2012, Maria Tallchief broke her hip. She passed on April 11, 2013 from complexities coming from the injury.
Not only a trailblazer for Native American dancers, Tallchief is generally viewed as one of the country’s most influential ballerinas ever.
On November 14, 2020, Google video Doodle, made in organization with Native American visitor artists Lydia Cheshewalla, Chris Pappan, and Yatika Starr Fields, observes Maria Tallchief.
On this day in 2007, a bronze sculpture of Maria Tallchief and four other Native American ballerinas was uncovered in Oklahoma at the Tulsa Historical Society in a piece named “The Five Moons” by artist Gary Henson.