Caroline trained as a costume maker with the Royal Winnipeg Ballet and National Ballet of Canada, giving her a unique understanding into the design and construction process of costumes. This knowledge, combined with Caroline’s skills as a researcher and historian, has enabled her to work as a historical consultant and writer on many productions.
Here is a glimpse into some of her recent work:
Giberg – Anna Pavlova Jewellery Launch, December 2016 & March 2017.
Historical consultant and researcher on Anna Pavlova for Giberg, a luxury Swiss jewellery company. Caroline’s work culminated in the curation of an event at Kensington Palace in December 2016 and a second event, in March 2017, at The Savoy Hotel.
Silent Partners, Costume Exhibition, 2015-2016.
Assistant curator on the exhibition Silent Partners, Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart’s Signature Costumes from an Extraordinary Career. The exhibition opened at the Woodstock Art Gallery, Ontario, Canada in October and closed in January 2016.
The Sleeping Princess, American Ballet Theatre, March 2015.
Historical consultant for The Sleeping Princess, American Ballet Theatre and La Scala Milan’s reinterpretation of the 1921 Ballets Russes production, re-choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Richard Hudson after Léon Bakst. The production opened in NYC in March 2015 and in Milan in September 2015.
Journeys of Discovery – September 2014.
Caroline’s MA thesis, submitted September 2014, used dance history as a tool for examining political and social unrest. This project investigated the emergence of Indigenous contemporary dance and how this reflected the rise of Aboriginal Rights in urban Australia, 1946-1976.
Caroline’s research for this thesis was featured in the exhibition Journeys of Discovery at the Arts Centre Melbourne, May – September 2014.
Le Coq d’Or, The Royal Danish Ballet & ABT.
Historical consultant for Le Coq d’Or (Den Gyldne Hane), The Royal Danish Ballet’s reinterpretation of the 1937 production, re-choreographed by Alexei Ratmansky and designed by Richard Hudson after Natalia Goncharova. This work premièred in Copenhagen in September 2012 and was revived by American Ballet Theatre in June 2016.
Pavlova 2012, June 2012.
Historian and script writer for an Intimate Evening with Anna Pavlova performed at the Linbury Studio, Royal Opera House, June 2012 as part of the Pavlova 2012 celebrations. The evening combined reconstructions of Pavlova’s dances, performed by members of the Royal Ballet, with archival photographs and footage and was narrated by Sir Anthony Dowell.
Ballets Russes Research
One of Caroline’s specialist areas is the costumes of the Ballets Russes de Serge Diaghliev and she has worked viewing and researching these costumes in Canada, USA, Australia and the UK. Institutions she has worked with include Camberwell Art College, The Museum of London and The National Gallery of Australia.
Caroline has presented her research on this topic several conferences and has also been a guest speaker at the Bendigo Art Gallery, Australian Ballet School, Camberwell Art College and Museum of London.