Ninette de Valois

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Ninette de Valois
Edris Stannus
BirthplaceBlessington, County Wicklow, Ireland
Ballet Dancer Ballet Teacher Choreographer Company Director
Education Lila Field Academy for Children Edouard Espinosa Enrico Cecchetti Nicholas Legat
Known for Ballet
The following article is from The Great Soviet Encyclopedia (1979). It might be outdated or ideologically biased.

De Valois, Ninette


(pseudonym of Edris Stannus). Born June 6, 1898, in Baltiboys, Ireland. British ballerina and choreographer.

Ninette de Valois studied with E. Espinosa and E. Cecchetti and made her debut in London in 1914 at the Lyceum Theater. From 1923 to 1926 she danced with Diaghilev’s company. In 1926 she founded the Academy of Choreographic Art in London, where classical dance was emphasized. On the basis of this academy, she organized, with L. Baylis, a ballet school at the Old Vic Theater in London from which the Sadler’s Wells company (renamed the Royal Ballet in 1957) was later formed. She directed the Royal Ballet itself until 1963, whereupon she became director of its school. Among the ballets she produced were Les Petits Riens based on Mozart’s music (1922), Gordon’s The Rake’s Progress (1935) based on W. Hogarth’s series of paintings, Bliss’ Checkmate (1937), and Tchaikovsky’s Swan Lake (1952). She is the author of books on the ballet. In 1947 she was made an honorary doctor of music by the University of London and in 1950, an honorary doctor of literature by Oxford University.


Invitation to the Ballet. London, 1953
Come Dance With Me: A Memoir, 1898-1956. London, 1957.
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One of the guests was the founder of Sadler's Wells Ballet, Ninette de Valois, who invited Gillian to join the company.
Caption: Sir Frederick Ashton looks on as Dame Ninette de Valois embraces Markova after a performance.
Over the years he had a respectable share of leading roles, many of them created by some of the great choreographers of the twentieth century--Frederick Ashton, Ninette de Valois, John Cranko, Robert Helpmann, and Kenneth MacMillan among others.
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Collaborations: Ninette de Valois and William Butler Yeats
Unveiled by the pre-enobled Ninette de Valois and Arthur Bliss in 1937, Checkmate rewrites the war-game rules with a hefty helping of sex to create symbolism on steroids, a dynamic, visually stunning creation even if its inbuilt anomalies (why black vs red rather than white?
THE first weekend of Invitation to the Ballet: Ninette de Valois and the story of The Royal Ballet, saw a record 1,300 visitors in a week into Manchester's Lowry art gallery.
The former ballerina and world renowned repetiteur shares her experiences working with such greats as Dame Ninette de Valois, Sir Frederick Ashton, Antony Tudor, Leonide Massine, Dame Margot Fonteyn, Christopher Wheeldon and Matthew Bourne.
Founded in 1926, when Dame Ninette de Valois opened her Academy of Choreographic Art, it has since trained many of the world's finest classical dancers - including Dame Margot Fonteyn, Sir Kenneth MacMillan and Sir Anthony Dowell.
Then, Dame Ninette de Valois, the founder of the Royal Ballet - played here with a lovely mix of glamour and mischief by Lindsay Duncan - tells her about a rather marvellous Russian dancer who's defecting to the West and Rudolf Nureyev -19 years her junior - enters her life.
After experiencing a performance of the ballet Job, choreographed by Ninette de Valois, she was so inspired that she wrote a scenario for a masque and sent it to the composer in 1937.