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Adding a bit of Sparkle

Step into the costume department and watch our expert talk about the glittering, glamorous, glass-beading of the costumes from Balanchine's ballet Jewels.

By Katie Vernon-Smith (Former Digital Learning Producer)

28 September 2011 at 1.47pm | 1 Comment

In the depths of the Opera House, through many rails of dresses, tutus and waistcoats we caught up with Mal Barton the Costume Workshop Manager. Mal showed us one male and one female costume from each section of George Balanchine's ballet Jewels; Emeralds, Rubies and Diamonds. Shape, colour, texture and materials were discussed in great detail, looking at how the costumes can add flair, grace and even sound to the performance.

We were also lucky enough to capture a fitting with Kirsten McNally, Soloist (and Diamond) as she came directly off stage to have a few adjustments made to her tutu before returning to rehearsals.

See Kristen and the rest of the Royal Ballet in Jewels until the 5 October 2011.

By Katie Vernon-Smith (Former Digital Learning Producer)

28 September 2011 at 1.47pm

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  1. Fabulous behind scenes peek. Thank you

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