Royal Ballet School students inspire flora

July 6, 2011

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The Royal Ballet School & The Great British Garden Party

Two students from The Royal Ballet Upper School participated yesterday at the launch of the Great British Garden Party at St Martin’s Courtyard, Covent Garden, a few yards from the School’s Floral Street location! The Garden Party took place on Saturday 2 July featuring a range of events, including catwalk fashion shows and special drop-in courses at The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers.

two Royal Ballet graduates dressed in flowers

Royal Ballet School students Grete Borud Nybakken, evoking Titania Queen of the Fairies, and Calum Lowden, dressed as Oberon modelling costumes Using hundreds of flowers

The Covent Garden Flower Academy created costumes entirely made of fresh flowers for graduate year students Grete Borud Nybakken and Calum Lowden. Inspired by A Midsummer Night’s Dream and using hundreds of fresh flowers, Gillian Wheeler – Principal of the Covent Garden Academy of Flowers – created costumes evoking Titania and Oberon from Shakespeare’s play. The costumes were created in stunning summer pastel shades using fresh roses, lavender, ivy and twisted willow all meticulously woven together into a tutu, a sash and headdresses for the students.

The Royal Ballet School

Taking time out of the Summer Season currently underway at the Linbury Studio Theatre at the Royal Opera House, the students posed for photographers (and astonished passers by) in positions based on The Dream – Sir Frederick Ashton’s classic ballet version of Shakespeare’s play.

Director of The Royal Ballet School, Gailene Stock AM comments: “It’s always a pleasure when we are able to support our neighbours’ worthy events in Covent Garden. This special project with The Covent Garden Academy of Flowers also presented us with an interesting synergy between flowers and ballet and an unusual opportunity to engage with the general public, quite literally, on the street.”

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2 Responses to “Royal Ballet School students inspire flora”

  1. Elizabeth Stagg Says:

    How beautiful. What a lot of work!

  2. jo Says:

    stunning!:)