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Ninette De Valois, Harold Turner and members of The English Ballet rehearsing Les Sylphides

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Ninette De Valois, Harold Turner and members of The English Ballet rehearsing Les Sylphides

by James Jarché
modern bromide print from original negative, 5 September 1932
4 7/8 in. x 7 1/2 in. (123 mm x 192 mm)
Given by IPC Newspapers Limited, 1971
Photographs Collection
NPG x88326

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  • James Jarché (1891-1965). Artist associated with 47 portraits, Sitter in 1 portrait.

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At the suggestion of Adeline Geneé, de Valois was invited to take a group of dancers to Copenhagen in 1932 for the first foreign tour ever undertaken by a British troupe. This drew on the work of the Camargo Society, of which Genée was a founder, and the young Vic-Wells Ballet. Led by Markova and Dolin, the company performed under the name of the 'British Ballet Company' and included Harold Turner, Phyllis Bedells and Ruth French. In this photograph de Valois is seen, with Harold Turner to her left, rehearsing her dancers in the mazurka from Michel Fokine's Les Sylphides at Sadler's Wells Theatre in preparation for their performance in Copehnhagen, 27 September 1932.

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