To mark the 5th Anniversary of White Lodge Museum & Ballet Resource Centre at The Royal Ballet School, a very special exhibition is being held for the former student and prima ballerina Darcey Bussell.
The exhibition Darcey Bussell: from Student to Star of The Royal Ballet charts the early career of UK’s favourite ballerina, from Darcey’s days as a young student of The Royal Ballet School, illustrated by records from The Royal Ballet School Collections, to her triumphant career with The Royal Ballet.
The intimate exhibition will feature photographs and exquisite 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. Artefacts on display will include a plaster-cast of Darcey’s foot ‘on pointe’, made by the craftsmen of Madame Tussaud’s when preparing the waxwork of the ballerina, and a preparatory sketch made by Allen Jones for his portrait of Darcey, commissioned by the National Portrait Gallery in 1994.
This fabulous exhibition is being held in the beautiful White Lodge building in London’s Richmond Park, where the The Royal Ballet School is located surrounded by wandering deer with huge antlers.
Darcey Bussell: from Student to Star of The Royal Ballet Tuesday 6 May – Thursday 30 October 2014
For more information visit: www.royalballetschool.org.uk/the-school/museum
Photo image (c) Darcey Bussell www.darceybussell.com