The Tribute to Lady Mary David show was held on Friday 3rd June 2016 and Saturday 4th June 2016 at 8pm and on Sunday 5th June 2016 at 2pm at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture (IGCIC), Phoenix (Mauritius).
Her huge contribution to classical ballet in Mauritius was greatly applauded and has, till now, not been forgotten. This tribute to Lady Mary David is thus a classic and semi-classic ballet show, set up by her daughters Teresa and Jane to pay due tribute to her. Known for her passion for ballet and her famous full length ballet productions, such as Nutcracker, Coppelia, Sleeping Beauty and Mamzelle Angot, at the Plaza Theatre as well as at the Port Louis Theatre, Lady Mary David has left a considerable legacy to the public. She worked alongside Serge Constantin, who designed beautiful decors. She also produced the first ballet on the national television station in 1965. Her art and passion still lives through the David Academy of Dancing, in Phoenix (Mauritius), where her daughter Teresa has been teaching promising local dancers since 2001.
“On the occasion of the Ballet Show that I staged in Tribute to my mother Lady Mary David in June 2016, I was privileged to receive a most generous and spontaneous financial support from Mr Alain Zerzuben of Heka Asset Management Ltd. Bambous (Mauritius), which contributed towards the feasibility of the Tribute Show. My thanks and gratitude to you for your blind confidence and backing.” said Teresa David.
The one hour and forty-five minutes show, organised in collaboration with Immedia, took place at the Indira Gandhi Centre for Indian Culture (IGCIC), Phoenix (Mauritius). Tickets were priced at Rs 800 and Rs 500.
Lady Mary David’s lifelong dedication and passion for classical ballet has touched a lot of lives over the years. Lady Mary David is known for having been among the first to have introduced the beautiful art on the island of Mauritius.
Who was Lady Mary David ?
Lady Mary Doreen David (born Mahoney) was born from an English mother and an Irish father on the 22 of February 1922 in London, UK. She met and married Sir Marc David in London and arrived in Mauritius in the early fifties. She gave birth to six children, (three boys & three girls), the eldest one born in the UK. Lady David taught classical ballet. She started teaching soon after her arrival in Mauritius and most especially in the late 1960’s in the lounge of the family house in Quatre Bornes with the Hillview Ballet School. The response was such that she had to rent a studio to accommodate the growing number of students. Lady David retired in 1982 and was appointed Member of the Star and Key by the government. There are now four RAD teachers in Mauritius amongst whom Jane David and Teresa David, both daughters of Lady David. The David Academy of Dancing, located in Phoenix, opened in 2001 and welcomes some 200 students. Teresa is still teaching at the David Academy of Dancing in Phoenix. Lady David passed away on the morning of her 87th birthday on the 22 of February 2009.
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