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Marie Rambert (1888-1982), Founder and director of Ballet Rambert, lecturer and teacher

Dame Marie Rambert (Dame Marie Dukes)

Sitter in 11 portraits
Born Cyvia Rambam in Warsaw, she came to the attention of Diaghilev in 1913. She joined the Ballets Russes as a teacher and became Nijinsky's assistant choreographing L'Après-midi d'un faune and Le Sacre du printemps. She came to London in 1917, married and became a British citizen. In 1920 she opened a school and producing pupil Frederick Ashton's first ballet in 1926. She co-founded the Comargo Club with Ninette de Valois in 1930, also forming the first permanent English ballet company, the Ballet Rambert. Over the next fifty years as the 'mother' of English ballet Rambert introduced new performers, choreographers and designers and built up a vigorous native school.

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Marie Rambert

by Juliet Pannett
chalk, 1960s?
NPG 6039


Marie Rambert

by Astrid Zydower
bronze bust, 1970
NPG 4866


Marie Rambert

by Arnold Newman
bromide print, 1978
NPG P150(35)


Ashley Dukes; Marie Rambert

by Tom Blau, for Camera Press
vintage print, 1950s
NPG x194311


Marie Rambert

by Derek Allen
bromide print, 1953
NPG x32797


Marie Rambert

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 1 February 1962
NPG x167145


Marie Rambert

by Jorge ('J.S.') Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
NPG x13742


Marie Rambert

by Mayotte Magnus
bromide print, February 1976
NPG x18636


Dame Marie Rambert (Dame Marie Dukes)

by Lord Snowdon
gelatin silver print, 18 February 1976
NPG P1910


Marie Rambert

by Walter Bird
vintage print, 1962
NPG x183964


Marie Rambert

by Bill Brandt
bromide print on card mount, 1980
NPG x22465