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Darcey Bussell to sign copies of her new photo book on 17 December 2013

Come and meet the former Royal Ballet Principal at the ROH Shop.

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

6 December 2013 at 3.16pm | 3 Comments

Former Royal Ballet Principal and current 'Strictly Come Dancing' judge Darcey Bussell will be signing copies of Darcey Bussell: A Life in Pictures at the Royal Opera House Shop on on 17 December from 3.15-4.15pm

The book is a retrospective of her career through beautiful images taken by a number of photographers, including Mario Testino and Bryan Adams.

The signing follows Darcey presenting the live cinema relay of The Royal Ballet's Nutcracker on 12 December.

Darcey danced with The Royal Ballet from 1988 to 2007 and was made a Principal aged just 20 in 1989. She danced the role of the Sugar Plum Fairy in The Nutcracker on a number of occasions, as well as other iconic roles such as Aurora in The Sleeping Beauty, Odette/Odile in Swan Lake and Giselle in Giselle.

Darcey Bussell: A Life in Pictures is on sale from the ROH Shop priced £16.99

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

6 December 2013 at 3.16pm

This article has been categorised Ballet and tagged Darcey Bussell, Darcey Bussell: A Life in Pictures, Shop, signing, Strictly Come Dancing

This article has 3 comments

  1. Jennifer Fox-Shakespeare responded on 7 December 2013 at 9:37am Reply

    Hello Chris,
    I am writing to you from New Zealand . I would like to be able to contact Darcy Bussell to offer her a picture of a costume design I created "for her" in the roles of Belle Rose My tutor at the Slade school of Art in 1981-83 was Nicholas Giorgiadis (Nico) and the last project I worked on at the Slade, (As Jennifer Fox) was my choice, creating designs for the ballet Prince of the Pagodas by Britten, which I saw co-incidentally was produced in 2012 when researching what Nico was doing in recent years recently, or at least I saw how his work was used since he had since died.
    In 1983 I had received the first national Leslie Hurry Award for theatre design . I would still call my design series of costumes for POP as a work in progress but I am sufficiently pleased with results enough to offer Darcey one , showing costume/s "for her" in the role of the Belle Rose, and compliment it with one for the role of Epine

    Ideally I would like to exhibit or present my design series through her to the public and ultimately I would like to gain sponsorship to be involved in such a ballet or opera, perhaps in Sydney or in Auckland, New Zealand where new venues are being built to house the Arts.

    I designed the costumes for POP without seeing the ballet (even on U tube which I only saw last year), so they are quite different from Nico's' but still complimentary, as his style and mine always were.

    My personal concept of the Prince of Pagodas ballet links the interest in the oriental and the land of the Pagodas with through costumes with the decorative style "Chinoserie" and the costumes are based loosely on the late 17 to 18th century fashions in England rather than the Italian Renaissance style.

    I have my own ideas about how the music explains the storyline and characters, which is different from Macmillan's and would use a shorter storyline ,with the family's permission needing to be given and a new commissioned choreography based loosely on the original ballet version by Macmillan.

    I would like to see a new variation like this being produced at the Opera House in Sydney or ideally In Auckland , New Zealand where new venues for the Arts are proposed.

    I hope you can help me towards being able to do this this and if you are aware of sponsorship I could gain to do my own design work professionally I would very grateful indeed.If you could provide me with a personal email address I could show you some of my designs

    Co-incidently and topically I was also asked to create designs for the Hobbit from the NZ film agents in America before Peter Jackson was involved, and likewise these are different, though like minds work on similar ways and Weta did ask to keep have my 3 folios for 3 months, so I do still feel I played some small part in the success of New Zealand film design works. Some of these Hobbit inspired works will be placed in local Art galleries this week

    Thank you for your consideration ,
    Jennifer Fox-Shakespeare 021 113 1958
    17/262 Centreway Road, Orewa, Auckland 0931
    New Zealand

    • Chris Shipman (Head of Brand Engagement and Social Media) responded on 9 December 2013 at 11:16am

      Hi Jennifer,

      That sounds wonderful. I'd recommend that you contact Darcey's agent directly - - they'll be able to help pass this on.


      ROH Content Producer

  2. Hello, just wanted to say I love this photo of Miss Bussell and the pretty Tutu. Hope the book signing goes well, sorry I can't be there but look forward to seeing more perhaps? Elizabeth xx

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