Monica Mason exhibition opens
Celebration of the career of the Director of the Royal Ballet.
The exhibition features a wealth of archive material including photography, costumes, and material lent by Dame Monica herself. BBC News were recently given a preview of the exhibition, which is available to watch online.
Retiring at the end of this season, Dame Monica has enjoyed a stellar career with The Royal Ballet in artistic and administrative capacities over the past 50 years. The South African dancer joined The Royal Ballet in 1958 as the youngest member of the corps de ballet before rising to the rank of Principal, acclaimed for her interpretations of major roles including Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Princess Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty. She also famously created the demanding role of the Chosen Maiden in Kenneth MacMillan’s The Rite of Spring. On retiring from dancing, she joined the Company’s administrative staff, becoming Director of The Royal Ballet in 2002.
The exhibition is open until July and is free although tours will be offered on selected Thursdays. Tickets for these tours are priced at £7 (Adults), £6.50 (Senior concessions) or £5 for students/UB40 holders/children. Phone Box Office on +44 (0)20 7304 4000 to book.
Did you see Dame Monica perform with the company? What are your highlights from her phenomenal career?