Two Titans Who Shaped the History of Ballet – The American Impresario Lincoln Kirstein and British Composer/Conductor Constant Lambert


Day course

Bridgett Vane

4 June 2021


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Two great ballet companies, New York City Ballet and The Royal Ballet, owe a huge debt to these extraordinary men of the 20th century. Lincoln Kirstein was fascinated by ballet as a young boy – in fact, he never forgave his parents for refusing to take him, aged 9, to see the Ballets Russes in Boston.

This talk will look at his whole career and achievements, including the time when, during World War II, he was one of the ‘Monuments Men’ who helped trace and save looted art. Like Kirstein, the British conductor Constant Lambert was another extraordinary, complex, multi-talented man.

We will explore these two titans of Ballet through discussion, archive film clips and DVDs to illustrate.

Tutor information

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.

Covid information

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Dillington House is following Government guidelines and adhering to new guidance including local or national lockdowns.

All places booked can be transferred or refunded in the event this course is cancelled. Individuals who are affected by local lockdowns will be able to transfer to an alternative course. All other terms and conditions apply.