New book about Ninette de Valois launched at The Royal Ballet School.
On Monday 2 July, more than 100 people from across the British dance world came to the Upper School in Covent Garden to attend the launch event for a new book focussing on the life and influence of the School’s founder, Ninette de Valois. The book, entitled Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist, is a collection of essays and photographs together with a DVD. The DVD features an astonishing 4 hours worth of material. The impetus behind the publication of this book was last year’s conference of the same name - the first ever conference dedicated to de Valois. More than 200 delegates from every corner of the world attended the conference.
With the publication of this new book, there is now - for the first time - a collection of material about de Valois in one place with voices and opinions from a wide range of people: dancers, archivists, critics, teachers and academics creating an impartial array of informative and thought-provoking resources.
Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist is edited by Professor Richard Cave and Dr Libby Worth, published by Dance Books and can be purchased online at: