Darcey Bussell exhibition at The Royal Ballet School
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).
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 answered some questions posed by White Lodge students ahead of the launch of the new exhibition at The Royal Ballet School.
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 firstname.lastname@example.org