Jacob’s Pillow!

For the next three months I will be living and working at Jacob's Pillow - the longest running dance festival in the USA and probably the most famous in the world. It is proving a pretty great experience so far with new artists and students arriving each week, as well as the huge team of… Continue reading Jacob’s Pillow!

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…

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    

History at the Hammond

I am currently working as researcher and historian for The Hammond Performing Arts School in Chester, UK. In 2017 the school is set to celebrate 100 years since it's founder Miss Irene Hammond came to Chester. My role is to research the history of the school and  Hoole Bank House (where the school is now housed). I… Continue reading History at the Hammond

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!

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