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A collaborative exhibition between the Royal Opera House and The Lowry

Invitation To The Ballet

Ninette de Valois and the Story of The Royal Ballet

Sat 23 October - Sun 6 March

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Invitation To The Ballet

This landmark exhibition pays tribute to one of the towering figures of twentieth-century ballet, Ninette de Valois, and is the most comprehensive exhibition about The Royal Ballet ever staged.

Drawn almost exclusively from the Collections of the Royal Opera House, it tells de Valois’ remarkable story. As a young Irish dancer born Edris Stannus, she started her career impersonating Anna Pavlova in English seaside pier theatres and went on to found one of the world’s leading dance companies.

Costumes worn by some of the greatest names in ballet, from Darcey Bussell to Margot Fonteyn, are shown alongside photographs, films and set designs to create a truly 360-degree view of the glorious history of The Royal Ballet.

With rarely seen sketches from LS Lowry himself, inspired by de Valois’ Coppélia, this incredible exhibition is a genuine must-see.

Watch our video of the installation of the exhibition, with interviews with the curators, Cristina Franchi of the Royal Opera House and Claire Stewart of The Lowry.

Support Your Lowry event - Thu 17 February 2011 at 7.30pm
Please join us in The Lowry Galleries for a drinks reception, a curator-led tour of the exhibtiton and to find out about how to become a Friend or Patron.


Channel 4 News visited The Lowry in the run up to the opening of the exhibition. Watch their report here.

See Ballet at The Lowry

Visit our website here to find out what dance events are coming soon, including Birmingham Royal Ballet and Rambert Dance Company.

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The Lowry is a private limited company registered in England and Wales (no. 3255905) and a registered charity (no. 1053962).

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