[SEYMOUR, Lynn] AUSTIN, Richard. Lynn Seymour. An Authorised Biography. Angus and Robertson. 1980.
8vo., original cloth with dust wrapper. A fine copy.
First edition signed by Lynn Seymour and Richard Austin.
"Lynn Seymour is one of the most exciting dramatic dancers of the age. From her first personal triumph in MacMillan's ‘The Invitation’ in 1960 her musicality and extraordinary dramatic sensitivity have won her an ever-growing public despite periodic setbacks and absences abroad.
Lynn Seymour's ambition to become a dancer was fired by seeing Robert Helpmann in ‘The Red Shoes’ at an early age. After studying in Canada she was auditioned by Sir Frederick Ashton, offered a scholarship with the Royal Ballet and came to London. In 1956 she joined the Sadler’s Wells Opera Ballet and then joined the Royal Ballet in 1957. Early on Kenneth MacMillan recognized her exceptional gifts and a remarkably creative relationship grew up over the years; a whole series of ballets were created for her by MacMillan.
After her controversial decision to spend a period with the Berlin Opera Ballet she returned to London as a ballerina of the Royal Ballet in 1970. This was followed by freelancing in London and the United States - where she continued to impress audiences with her dramatic interpretations of roles. About this time Sir Frederick Ashton, who had previously created ‘The Two Pigeons’ for her, evoked the spell-binding Isadora Duncan in the person of Lynn Seymour.
Her career took a new turn in 1976 with the first performances of her own ballets (Rashomon - 1976, Court of Love - 1977, and Intimate Letters - 1978), after which she took up an appointment as artistic director of the Bavarian State Opera Ballet in Munich. Richard Austin's fine biography, which is lavishly illustrated, not only tells the story of a remarkable career but also probes beneath the surface to illuminate the personal struggle to succeed against often formidable obstacles. Looking back on her career Lynn Seymour CBE observes: 'The most painful things really do recede. You only remember the best.'