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Set model

  • Place of origin:

    London

  • Date:

    1987

  • Artist/Maker:

    Sonnabend, Yolanda

  • Materials and Techniques:

    Metal, card, wood, paint, fabric, plastic, glass

  • Museum number:

    S.701-1990

  • Gallery location:

    Theatre & Performance, Room 104, case 12, shelf BOTTOM

Physical description

Set model for the Act III "Ballroom" scene. At the centre is a large framed mirror above a central staircase. On either side of the stage are staircases leading up to viewing balconies. To the left is placed a throne.

Place of Origin

London

Date

1987

Artist/maker

Sonnabend, Yolanda

Materials and Techniques

Metal, card, wood, paint, fabric, plastic, glass

Dimensions

Height: 58.5 cm approximate, includes supporting frame, Width: 90 cm approximate, Depth: 57 cm approximate

Object history note

The model for "Swan Lake" by Yolanda Sonnabend was purchased directly from the artist alongside a selection of costume designs for the same production.

Descriptive line

Set model by Yolanda Sonnabend for Act III of the ballet "Swan Lake", The Royal Ballet, 1987.

Labels and date

SET MODEL FOR SWAN LAKE
1987

Although an experienced designer, Swan Lake was a new departure for Yolande Sonnabend. Her inspiration came from Tchaikovsky’s score which she considered to be symbolist, nineteenth century and ‘very Russian’. Aware of the need to keep the stage floor empty for dancing she wanted to have ‘fuzzy’ edges and evoke the world of the nineteenth century French artist, Gustave Moreau.

Ballet with choreography by Marius Petipa and Lev Ivanov
Staged by Anthony Dowell
Music by Peter Tchaikovsky
The Royal Ballet at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden, London

Metal, glass, card, paint, wood, plastic and fabric
Designed by Yolande Sonnabend (born 1935)
Museum no. S.701-1990
[October 2013]

Production Note

Reason For Production: Commission

Materials

Metal; Card; Wood; Paint; Cloth; Plastic; Glass

Techniques

Model-making

Subjects depicted

Ballet; Ballrooms

Production Type

Unique

Collection

Theatre and Performance Collection

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