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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 Astrid Zydower - NPG 4866

Marie Rambert

by Astrid Zydower
bronze bust, 1970
On display in the Weston Wing Café at the National Portrait Gallery
NPG 4866

Marie Rambert, by Lord Snowdon - NPG P1910

Marie Rambert

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

Marie Rambert, by Arnold Newman - NPG P150(35)

Marie Rambert

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

Ashley Dukes; Marie Rambert, by Tom Blau, for  Camera Press: London: UK - NPG x194311

Ashley Dukes; Marie Rambert

by Tom Blau, for Camera Press: London: UK
vintage print, 1955
NPG x194311

Marie Rambert, by Walter Bird - NPG x167145

Marie Rambert

by Walter Bird
bromide print, 1 February 1962
NPG x167145

Marie Rambert, by J.S. Lewinski - NPG x13742

Marie Rambert

by J.S. Lewinski
bromide print on card mount, 1967
NPG x13742

Marie Rambert, by Mayotte Magnus - NPG x18636

Marie Rambert

by Mayotte Magnus
bromide print, February 1976
NPG x18636

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Marie Rambert

by Walter Bird
vintage print, 1962
NPG x183964

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Marie Rambert

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

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