Three Visionary Women Who Shaped The Story of British Ballet – Lilian Baylis, Marie Rambert and Ninette de Valois
At the beginning of the 20th Century ballet in England had a tenuous foothold through ballerinas such as Danish-born Adeline Genée.
Step forward three remarkable women: Marie Rambert, Ninette De Valois and Lilian Baylis. All three lives were touched by war and ill health. Their story and that of British ballet is indeed set against the backdrop of wars and turbulent times. They fought hard to overcome limited resources and to pursue their vision.
We will explore each of these visionary women through discussion, archive film clips and DVDs to illustrate.
Bridgett Vane trained as a dancer and dance teacher. After running a dancing and theatrical retail business, she was press and marketing manager for Southampton’s Nuffield Theatre. A former dance adviser to Southern Arts Association, she was a founder of Southampton Dance Circle, and assisted in the running of the Southern Region of the Royal Academy of Dancing. Bridgett’s work is based on extensive up-to-the-minute research, combining her knowledge and engagement with ballet and dance with a passion for history.
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