The Royal Ballet School is to host a Conference to mark the 10th Anniversary of the death of the Founder of The Royal Ballet School and Companies, Dame Ninette de Valois OM, CH, DBE (1898 – 2001).
This significant and wide-reaching event will be held over the first weekend of April, 2011; opening at the Royal Opera House, Clore Studio Upstairs on Friday 1 April; continuing at the Upper School, Floral Street, Covent Garden on 2 April, and concluding on 3 April at the Lower School, White Lodge, Richmond Park.
The aim of the Conference is to facilitate a rigorous and multi-disciplinary exploration of de Valois' life and legacy, while promoting a productive exchange between dance practitioners, academics, social historians and cultural commentators, within the context of ballet and the wider theatre.
Guest speakers include Monica Mason and Clement Crisp and the new de Valois documentary Come Dance With Me will be shown.
via The Royal Ballet School – Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist
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