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Costumes from The Rite of Spring 1913 The last two weeks have seen a positive flood of presentations on the exhibition with tours for special groups and up to three talks a day. The talks have been to student groups, ballet organisations and other enthusiasts. One student group from Brighton specifically asked for a presentation focusing on the challenges of displaying theatrical...
The original French Manager from Parade at rest 1917 Photo by Lachmann V&A images (The original glass plates for this series of photographs are in the Theatre & Performance Collections of the V&A) There was something of a party atmosphere in the lecture theatre and Raphael Gallery at the V&A last Friday when 'Ballets Russes Design Perspectives' a two-year collaboration...
On Friday ‘ES’ the colour supplement that accompanies the London Evening Standard included a feature of what to buy for Christmas. Among its recommendations was a page of Christmas cards one of which was the V&A’s ‘Snow Ballet’ shown above. The card shows a ballet scene from Voyage dans la lune or Trip to the Moon, originally by Mms. Leterrier, Vanloo...
Anna Pavlova in her stunning Kokoshnik for her Russian Dance. Its curious how one question dominates for a period. In the past week several visitors have said ‘we can’t find anything on Anna Pavlova and surely she was a great Russian ballerina with the Ballets Russes’. I have pointed out that we do have Pavlova represented on the 1909 poster for the Théâ...
Una Troubridge’s head of Nijinsky in L’Après-midi d’un faune as displayed in Diaghilev at Forbes House 1954. For a bit of light relief I saw the Noel Coward play, Design for Living, at the Old Vic and who appeared on stage but our friend Nijinsky. To be more specific there, in the last act, set in a 1930s New York apartment stuffed with paintings, was a copy of...
It continues to amaze me that so many visitors to the V&A’s Diaghilev and the Golden Age of the Ballets Russes 1909-1929 also saw the Richard Buckle’s 1954 Diaghilev. The average age of visitors does not appear to make that possible! Nevertheless, each week several arrive and make a point of telling me about the wonders of the Buckle show and how we cannot possibly live up to...