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Watch: Mario Testino's film exploring The Nutcracker's Sugar Plum Fairy

The legendary fashion photographer has created a short film following Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

20 December 2017 at 12.19pm | 8 Comments

The Sugar Plum Fairy from The Nutcracker is one of the roles all aspiring dancers dream of performing. With its delicate choreography and sparkling costume, it has become one of the iconic images of the ballerina.

Royal Ballet Principal Sarah Lamb is one of the dancers currently performing the role at Covent Garden, and her preparations for the role have been captured by legendary photographer Mario Testino's creative team in 'Becoming Plum', a short film for online channel Mira Mira.

The film showcases the technical and nuanced choreography that dancers must remember and perfect to dance the role. These steps are honed over many weeks in the studio before the dancers is ready for on-stage performance.

Vogue and Vanity Fair-regular Testino has previous experience with The Royal Ballet – the Peruvian-born photographer shot the Royal Opera House's 2000 campaign.

The Nutcracker runs until 10 January 2018. Tickets are sold out, although returns may become available. A limited number of tickets are released each week as part of Friday Rush.

The ballet is staged with generous philanthropic support from The Jean Sainsbury Royal Opera House Fund.

By Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media)

20 December 2017 at 12.19pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged by Peter Wright, fashion, Mario Testino, Production, Sarah Lamb, Sugar Plum Fairy, The Nutcracker

This article has 8 comments

  1. Beautiful!

  2. mick sturt responded on 20 December 2017 at 4:13pm Reply

    this lady is amazing so beautiful and her dance is incredible ...thank you for your training and dedication...Merry Christmas to all

  3. Ray Wheaton responded on 20 December 2017 at 5:18pm Reply

    Thank you. I thought that was absolutely fascinating. I will always think of that when I watch that solo in the future.

  4. Sharon Keogh responded on 21 December 2017 at 8:10pm Reply

    What a beautiful film. It just works - on every level!

  5. Susan Tenney (Director/Choreographer) responded on 22 December 2017 at 4:25pm Reply

    This is a beautiful film! The editing is excellent and creates a multi-faceted image that is its own jewel. Bravo!

  6. Susan Carlton-Jones responded on 23 December 2017 at 10:04am Reply

    Sarah Lamb -truly beautiful in every way. Ex Royal Ballet for 13 years in the 60's.l

  7. Paula Fletcher responded on 26 December 2017 at 5:46am Reply

    My daughter & I watched the live screening of RB Nutcracker,on the Gold Coast, Australia.it was truly beautiful,the dancers , costumes, scenery were magnificent.
    We sawRB ,A winter's Tale ,in Brisbane at QPAC,Australia, earlier in the year.
    We will definitely be going to more live screening,only knew they were doing live screening ,as I was in UK,I read the article in The Times on my return to Australia,7/12/17 featuring Stephen Mc Rae & Sarah Lamb.

  8. Gorgeous! Sarah dances like a dream, reads out the names of the steps like poetry (French poetry!) and Mr Testino's discerning eye brings out the beauty of her rehearsal movements and stage preparation juxtaposed with eye-catching footage from the stage. Perfection.

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