The Royal Opera House and The Lowry will host Invitation to the Ballet: Ninette de Valois and the Story of The Royal Ballet, an exhibition that will tell the story of The Royal Ballet and pay tribute to its founder, Ninette de Valois. This unique, comprehensive exhibition will begin in October at The Lowry in Salford, England.
Invitation to the Ballet will create “a truly 360-degree view of the glorious history of The Royal Ballet.” The exhibition will showcase materials from ballets choreographed by de Valois, rarely seen sketches from LS Lowry and a recreation of the dressing room of Dame Margot Fonteyn (former prima ballerina). Set and costume designs by such artists as Picasso, Edward Burra and William Chappel will also be included. In addition, the exhibition will incorporate letters, press clips, music manuscripts, dance notation scores and memorabilia.
Educational events, interactive exhibitions and specially commissioned films will accompany the exhibition. Monica Mason, director of The Royal Ballet, comments on Invitation to the Ballet:
I am thrilled that we are able to collaborate with The Lowry on such a large-scale exhibition, one that not only explores the remarkable achievements and legacy of Ninette de Valois but also illustrates the work of The Royal Ballet through the eight decades of its existence. This partnership with The Lowry enables us to bring the Company and its history to Salford and Manchester where we have so many connections.