Chagall: Fantasies for The Stage

When I was in LA last month I was able to go and see the wonderful exhibition Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage  at LACMA. The exhibition runs until January 7, 2018. It is a wonderful opportunity to see the costume and set designs created by Marc Chagall. Chagall: Fantasies for the Stage showcases  41 costumes and nearly 100 designs… Continue reading Chagall: Fantasies for The Stage

Finding Nijinsky in Washington D.C.

  The Ballets Russes visited Washington D.C. twice in 1916. The first time was in March from the 23rd - 25th when the company performed at the National Theatre. They performed Cleopatra, Le Spectre de la Rose, Midnight Sun, Carnaval, Les Sylphides,  L'après-midi d'un faune, Polovtsian Dances from Prince Igor, and Scheherazade. The company returned… Continue reading Finding Nijinsky in Washington D.C.

Finding the Ballets Russes in NYC – Part One.

Whenever I go, intentionally or not, I seem to find something to do with Diaghilev and The Ballets Russes. For the last week I have been in New York and on Monday I visited the Met Museum – one of my favourite museums. Quite by accident I came across a  display of designs by Léon Bakst.… Continue reading Finding the Ballets Russes in NYC – Part One.

What started it all …

The Ballets Russes, and in particular their costumes, have been my passion since I was 15 years old and found an old exhibition catalogue in a second-hand bookshop. The catalogue was from the National Gallery of Australia's 1999 exhibition, From Russia with Love, and contained a picture of this costume for a knight from the 1910 production of Firebird. I… Continue reading What started it all …

Ballet Dolls

Since I was a teenager I have loved the idea of the making dolls dressed as characters from famous ballets. Last year I began making a small range of dolls and characters which I sell through my etsy shop, I also take custom orders: https://www.etsy.com/uk/shop/TheRedShoesVintage?ref=hdr_shop_menu    

Carlotta Edwards – Collecting Vintage Ballet

The 1950s saw an explosion of all things ballet in popular culture. One of the most prominent artists was Carlotta Edwards (1894 - 1977). Edwards was the daughter of the French painter Ferdinand Pourrier. Her ballet scenes once graced the bedrooms of little girls (and big) all over England but were very popular in Australia and New Zealand. Edwards appears to have… Continue reading Carlotta Edwards – Collecting Vintage Ballet

Two treasures of The Russian Ballet at ABT

  American Ballet Theatre this season is presenting two ballets from the bright and colourful canon of the Ballets Russes and Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. On the 6th of June ABT opened The Golden Cockerel, a reworked version of the popular 1937 production created for the Royal Danish Ballet in 2012. Please see my… Continue reading Two treasures of The Russian Ballet at ABT

The Golden Cockerel Flies Again

In 2011 I had the great opportunity to work with designer Richard Hudson on a reinterpretation of The Golden Cockerel for The Royal Danish Ballet. My role was to research the original productions from 1914 and 1937, produced by the Ballets Russes and Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo. Hudson and choreographer Alexei Ratmansky then used… Continue reading The Golden Cockerel Flies Again

Costume Society

Here is my latest blog for The Costume Society. This is the first part of an article looking at the techniques that survive in the Theatre, Opera and Ballet industry. http://costumesociety.org.uk/blog/post/techniques-kept-alive-in-the-theatre-opera-and-ballet-industries-part-one Enjoy!

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