Adventures of a travelling historian – NYC

So after three months of living at Jacob's Pillow - in the middle of the woods of Massachusetts - I finally packed up my suitcase and hit the road (well train/ bus) once more. For the next months I am travelling across the US visiting museums, libraries and dance companies in what will be the… Continue reading Adventures of a travelling historian – NYC

In search of Pavlova…

Over the last 12 days I have been exploring Scotland by train (and ferry and occasionally bus and even taxi!) - it was brilliant adventure. When I was in Glasgow I went to the Kelvingrove Art Gallery and Museum. It was here that I was able to see this wonderful painting of Anna Pavlova in The… Continue reading In search of Pavlova…

Pavlova at The Savoy once more…

Last weekend I was involved in a wonderful event at The Savoy as part of this year's Russian Ballet Icons Gala. This year's gala focused of the legacy of The Ballets  Russes and consisted of a star studded gala at The Coliseum Theatre followed by a dinner at The Savoy. I was asked by Giberg… Continue reading Pavlova at The Savoy once more…

A swan song …

Anna Pavlova, b. 1881 - d. 1931 was most famous for her performance of the divertissement The Swan or The Dying Swan. The elaborate feathered tutu she wore has  always fascinated me - How was it made? Does it survive? Several years ago I began working as a volunteer at the Museum of London which houses, amongst its vast collection,… Continue reading A swan song …

The Age of the Balletomane

In the wake of The Red Shoes film the 1950s saw all things to do with ballet become the height of vogue. Wallpaper and curtains, to clocks, scarves and compacts were all embellished with ballet motifs! In 1956 Beswick pottery launched a range of ballet themed china . At first named Ballet the range was later renamed Pavlova and was… Continue reading The Age of the Balletomane

On Pointe!

Dancers pointe shoes have changed very little over 100 years - yet every dancer has their own way of 'breaking in' and sewing their shoes. Have a look at this video of dancers from the Australian Ballet Company discussing their pointe shoes! https://www.youtube.com/watch?v=P1w8zbEf_Qg

The Tait Brothers, Ballet and London

I recently had the exciting task of writing the programme notes and an historical article for a function that brought a little bit of Australia to central London. On December 9th St John’s Smith Square in Westminster hosted the Tait Memorial Trust's 4th Winter Prom. This exciting event showcased the talents of young Australian classical singers, musicians… Continue reading The Tait Brothers, Ballet and London