The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is commemorating 25 years of ballet and opera at the city's Convent Garden.
The Victoria and Albert Museum in London is commemorating 25 years of ballet and opera at the city's Convent Garden. In that time most of the world's leading dancers and singers have appeared at Convent Garden and it has long been recognised as one of the cultural focal-points of Europe.
The museum exhibition, designed by Alan Tagg, features replicas of famous sets, special films and exhibits highlighting the careers of top performers.
SYNOPSIS: The Victoria and Albert Museum in London which is currently staging a large exhibition in honour of "25 years of ballet and opera" at Convent Garden. Hundreds of letters of congratulation and many flowers arrived for its opening.
For young girls to see, a replica of Dame Margot Fonteyn's dressing room complete with authentic shoes and dresses. Dame Margot is Prima Ballerina of the Royal Ballet and just one of hundreds of world-famous performers from many countries who have appeared at Convent Garden regularly.
The museum exhibition features opera, but concentrates on ballet. Here puppets help enliven the set of a Diaghilev ballet. Responsibility for the layout of the commemorative displays... which also feature special films... rested chiefly with prominent designer Alan Tagg. Convent Garden 25 years ago had less costumes and properties than seen at this exhibition, but is still today one of the cultural focal-points of Europe.