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

Sono Osato

Sono Osato, b.1919, was not only the first dancer of Japanese descent to join the Ballets Russes de Monte Carlo, but was also the first American. She joined the company at just fourteen and would go to become a widely acclaimed dancer, dancing with ABT and on Broadway. Last month, in Sono's native Chicago, the… Continue reading Sono Osato

A New Firebird

Last Friday I saw the Danish Dance Theatre's new production of The Firebird at the Republique in Copenhagen. Choreographed by the company's director Tim Rushton the production was performed live to the seventy piece strong Copenhagen Philharmonic orchestra. The multidisciplinary performance created an amazing new version of the ballet, with innovative costume designs by Åsa Gjersted and set by Johan Kølkjær and Martin… Continue reading A New Firebird

Behind the scenes at ‘Silent Partners’

For the last few weeks I have been working on the costume exhibition Silent Partners. The exhibition displayed 35 costumes from Evelyn Hart's career with a particular focus on how the costumes were made and designed. Working out how to display the costumes was quite a challenge. Here are some pictures from the installation.

Evelyn Hart Costume Exhibition

Yesterday I got back from Canada where I was working on the exhibition Silent Partners, Prima Ballerina Evelyn Hart's Signature Costumes from an Extraordinary Career. The exhibition opened on Friday night at the Woodstock Art  Gallery, Ontario, Canada. My role was to research the pieces, write the labels and didactic panels and, perhaps most challengingly, work out how to mount and… Continue reading Evelyn Hart Costume Exhibition

The Sleeping Beauty Wakes

American Ballet Theatre's new production of  Sleeping Beauty had its New York première at the Metropolitan Opera House on the 29th of May. I  was involved in the production by researching the 1921 Ballets Russes version of The Sleeping Princess upon which American Ballets Theatre's new production design is based. Designer Richard Hudson used the original designs 1921… Continue reading The Sleeping Beauty Wakes

Controversial Costume

Yesterday I posted on the Costume Society's Facebook page an article about the new Costume Construction course to be run by the Royal Opera House. My post caused quite a stir and has now reached 43,000 people and started a rather heated debate. http://newsevents.arts.ac.uk/46031/new-degree-tackle-costume-making-skills-shortage-performing-arts/ I am personally of the opinion that this course is a great… Continue reading Controversial Costume