The Royal Ballet School is to host a Conference to mark the 10th Anniversary of the death of the Founder of The Royal Ballet School and Companies, Dame Ninette de Valois OM, CH, DBE (1898 - 2001).
Entitled Ninette de Valois: Adventurous Traditionalist this significant and wide-reaching event will be held over the first weekend of April, 2011; opening at the Upper School, Floral Street, Covent Garden on 1-2 April, and concluding on Sunday 3 April at the Lower School, White Lodge, Richmond Park.
The aim of the Conference is to facilitate a rigorous and multi-disciplinary exploration of de Valois’ life and legacy, while promoting a productive exchange between dance practitioners, academics, social historians and cultural commentators, in the context of ballet and the wider theatre.
The Conference Committee will be chaired by Jane Pritchard, Curator of Dance, Theatre and Performance Collections at the V&A Museum. Committee members are Prof. Elizabeth Schafer, Professor of Drama and Theatre Studies at Royal Holloway College, London; Dr. Libby Worth, Senior Lecturer in Theatre Practice at Royal Holloway College, London; Kevin O’Hare, Administrative Director of The Royal Ballet; Derek Purnell, former Chief Executive of Birmingham Royal Ballet; Jay Jolley, Assistant Director of The Royal Ballet School; Anna Meadmore, Curator of White Lodge Museum and Royal Ballet School Collections. Communications Adviser, Jim Fletcher.
Demand is expected to be high, so please register your interest in booking for this event as soon as possible by emailing: firstname.lastname@example.org.
You can also telephone us on 020 8392 8440, using the Conference enquiry line, Option 8. Full details will be sent to you on application.
On 26 March 2010 the Conference website will go live and it will be possible to access regular updates about contributors, events and the development of resources from the Conference proceedings. Go to:
Press enquiries: Jim Fletcher, Development Manager, The Royal Ballet School. Tel: 020-7845 7074. Mobile: 07768 455667. Email: email@example.com
De Valois Conference Administration
The Royal Ballet School
White Lodge • Richmond Park
Surrey • TW10 5HR
Tel: 020 8392 8440 (Option 8)