Ninette de Valois
5 of 27 portraits of Ninette de Valois
Ninette de Valois
by Zsuzsi Roboz
25 3/4 in. x 19 3/4 in. (654 mm x 502 mm)
Given by Zsuzsi Roboz, 1981
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- Dame Ninette de Valois (Edris Stannus) (1898-2001), Founder and Director of the Royal Ballet; wife of Arthur Blackall Connell. Sitter in 27 portraits.
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Born in County Wicklow, Ireland, de Valois studied dance under Legat and Cecchetti and became the principal dancer with the British National Opera in 1918. A soloist with Diagheliv's Ballet Russes in 1923, she left three years later to open the Academy of Choreographic Art in London. From 1926-31 she was Choreographic Director to the Old Vic, the Festival Theatre, Cambridge, and the Abbey Theatre, Dublin. Together with Lillian Baylis she formed the Vic-Wells Ballet in 1931 (later the Sadler's Wells Theatre Ballet). Her ambition to create a British National Ballet was realized in 1956 with the granting of a charter to the Royal Ballet. She was the Royal Ballet's director for 32 years.
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- Saywell, David; Simon, Jacob, Complete Illustrated Catalogue, 2004, p. 175
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