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 …

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

Backstage at the Ballet

Have you ever wondered what goes on backstage during a ballet? The choreography backstage is just as complicated as what is going on on-stage! Please have a look at my new article for the Ballet Bag .http://www.theballetbag.com/2015/02/16/costumes-backstage-ballet/ Have a look at this video of what happens backstage during the National Ballet of Canada's production of… Continue reading Backstage at the Ballet

Blogs and tutus

Thank-you for visiting my  new website and blog! Two weeks ago my first article as a guest blogger for The Ballet Bag, Behind the Tutu, was published. Few people realise how much hard work goes into making a tutu! I learned how to make tutus in the wardrobe departments of the National Ballet of Canada and… Continue reading Blogs and tutus