Darcey Bussell exhibition at The Royal Ballet School

May 30, 2014

Ballet

Darcey Bussell exhibition at The Royal Ballet School

Darcey Bussell photographed by Cheryl Angear

Darcey Bussell photographed by Cheryl Angear

An exhibition has been opened to mark the fifth anniversary of White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre, based at The Royal Ballet School in Richmond Park.

Darcey Bussell: from Student to Star of The Royal Ballet tells the story of Darcey Bussell’s ballet career, from her days as a student of The Royal Ballet School, and her career with The Royal Ballet.

The exhibition features photographs and costumes from Darcey’s personal collection, including her Princess Rose dress from Kenneth MacMillan’s ballet, The Prince of the Pagodas (1989), in which she was made a Principal of The Royal Ballet, aged just 20; as well as the tunic she wore for her last performance with the Company in 2007, performing in MacMillan’s Song of the Earth and  the tutu she wore in the Royal Opera House revival of Frederick Ashton’s Sylvia (2004).

Darcey Bussell's foot Photograph by Cheryl Angear

Darcey Bussell’s foot Photograph by Cheryl Angear

Displays will include some rare film footage and artefacts, including a plaster-cast of Darcey’s foot ‘on pointe’, made by the craftsmen of Madame Tussaud’s when preparing the waxwork of the ballet dancer, and a preparatory sketch made by Allen Jones for his portrait of Darcey, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in 1994.

Darcey Bussell's Sylvia tutu  Photograph by Cheryl Angear

Darcey Bussell’s Sylvia tutu Photograph by Cheryl Angear

 

Darcey Bussell's Princess Rose costume   Photograph by Cheryl Angear

Darcey Bussell’s Princess Rose costume Photograph by Cheryl Angear

Darcey answered some questions posed by White Lodge students ahead of the launch of the new exhibition at The Royal Ballet School.

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The exhibition is open now and will close on Thursday 30 October. Entrance is free, but visitors must book in advance by calling 020 8392 8440 (option 7) or emailing museum@royalballetschool.org.uk

Darcey Bussell photographed by Cheryl Angear

Darcey Bussell photographed by Cheryl Angear

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4 Responses to “Darcey Bussell exhibition at The Royal Ballet School”

  1. Ballet News Says:

    Anthony J Urso commented : Very, very, Nice!

  2. Ballet News Says:

    Gerda Sandström commented : Lovely lovely Darcey!

  3. Ballet News Says:

    Rebecca Lance commented : Will the collection travel to the US?

  4. Ballet News Says:

    Rebecca : no plans have bend announced to date. The collection is quite small & part of the larger permanent collection at the White Lodge Museum, which is celebrating an anniversary. So I think it’s unlikely to travel, based as it is at the school where Darcey studied. But I’ll let you know if that changes!