Court to Kitsch – a real original!

It’s elegant, informative and full of little surprises – From Court to Kitsch opened yesterday, on a perfect Autumn day that saw our bright magenta flags out front fluttering merrily in the breeze.

Festival Interview for ‘Court to Kitsch’

As the Castlemaine State Festival prepares to get underway, it was lovely to find my little interview for ‘Court to Kitsch’ getting a run among the news items. Here it is …

Four Ballerinas and a Tea Tray

Next month’s exhibition From Court to Kitsch features an illustration of Perrot’s celebrated Pas de Quatre, the all-stars romantic ballet that dazzled Londoners in 1845. So it’s a timely moment to revisit my blog for The Australian Ballet, and wipe the dust off THAT tea tray!

And who is Carlotta?

She created a world of dainty ballerinas, posed in perpetual arabesques in misty scenes from the ballet classics. Think Les Sylphides in your hallway, Swan Lake in the master bedroom. Welcome to the world of Carlotta Edwards, the woman who turned art into ballet kitsch and kitsch into ballet art…

Edouard Espinosa and the world of early British ballet

Looking for a ballet school with boarding facilities? In war-exhausted Britain, you wouldn’t pass up one with daily hot baths and private sleeping cubicles! Meet man who trained Ninette de Valois and founded the British Ballet Organisation…

Bag a Bacchante (or, The Ballet and the Flower that Wobbled)

Celebrate the extraordinary art of Leon Bakst with gift items featuring his stunning design for Narcisse (1911). Choreographed by Michel Fokine, Narcisse brought together three icons of the Ballets Russes in an evocative tale of tragedy and metamorphosis. Discover the story behind the art …

NEW RESOURCE: Colour Your Day with Madame Simonet!

It may be modest but it’s a treat. It’s Vintage Pointe’s first colouring sheet for young dancers …and aspiring fashionistas!

Gartering Applause: Vestrimania in London, 1780-81

Vestris garters, anyone? What about a length of Vestris blue ribbon? Hey, is that a “Vestris grin” you’re giving me?! In the early winter of 1780, ‘Vestris’ became the buzz word of fashionable London. Discover the story behind some very whacky merchandise, as Caitlyn Lehmann explores Auguste Vestris’ influence on ballet in Britain …