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Going out on top

Sylvie Guillem became famous as a young French ballerina for doing things on her own terms, including her decision to mark her 50th year with a farewell tour to her life as a dancer

By Diane Baker  /  Staff reporter

Although she did not say then that she was going to retire after this year, she was forthright about making the decision.

“Time is passing; accept it,” she said, although she admitted that she wasn’t sure if she would like it.

That is equally true for her fans, which number in the legions. We may not like her decision to retire, but we have to accept it — and be grateful for the years she gave us.

And while she is leaving the theater stage, she is unlikely to leave the world stage. She serves as an ambassador and board member for the marine conservation organization Sea Shepherd, sometimes taking a more activist role, and has supported Association Kokopellion, an organic seed bank, as well as animal rights. Now she will have time to do more.

This story has been amended since first published to correct Sylvie Guillem's date of birth.

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