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Corps de ballet for Solitaire

Costume Design
1961 (designed)
Artist/Maker
Place of origin

Costume designs by Kenneth Rowell for the ballet Solitaire by Kenneth MacMillan as performed by the Royal Danish Ballet where it was staged by MacMillan as part of an all-MacMillan programme (with Divertissement and The Burrow) first performed at Copenhagen in December 1961.
The sesigns in watercolour show two short tutus with long sleeve bodices for members of the corps de ballet, one in blue for Eva Plaun and the other in red for Vivi Thorberg. Both have colourful, possibly floral head dresses. The dancers are presented as if in doorways with ith the word 'Solitaire' between them. Collaged elements are included on the 'frames' possibly reflecting the setting for the ballet. The design is signed Rowell in pencil on the bottom right corner.
The design with collaged elements are mounted on a support paper on which annotations are made and fabric samples of blues and browns on the left and reds and pinks on the right are pined.


Object details

Categories
Object type
TitleCorps de ballet for Solitaire (assigned by artist)
Materials and techniques
Watercolour on paper, collage paper, fabric swatches
Brief description
Costume design by Kenneth Rowell for the ballet Solitaire by Kenneth MacMillan as performed by the Royal Danish Ballet
Physical description
Watercolour on paper of costume designs for the corps de ballet for Solitaire

Dimensions
  • Height: 30.3cm (Note: height of paper mounted on a larger sheet)
  • Width: 44.8cm (Note: width if paper mounted on second sheet)
  • Height: 42.2cm (Note: height of paper mount with fabric swatches and annotations)
  • Width: 57cm (Note: width of paper mount with fabric swatches and annotations )
Marks and inscriptions
Annotated with names of dancers costumes to be made for - Eva Plaun and Vivi Thorberg. The reverse reads 'Solitaire/Royal Danish Ballet/Kenneth Rowell/20gns'
Credit line
John Percival Collection, given by Judith Percival
Object history
Design for the Royal Danish Ballet acquired by John Percival after the production was mounted
Subjects depicted
Place depicted
Summary
Costume designs by Kenneth Rowell for the ballet Solitaire by Kenneth MacMillan as performed by the Royal Danish Ballet where it was staged by MacMillan as part of an all-MacMillan programme (with Divertissement and The Burrow) first performed at Copenhagen in December 1961.
The sesigns in watercolour show two short tutus with long sleeve bodices for members of the corps de ballet, one in blue for Eva Plaun and the other in red for Vivi Thorberg. Both have colourful, possibly floral head dresses. The dancers are presented as if in doorways with ith the word 'Solitaire' between them. Collaged elements are included on the 'frames' possibly reflecting the setting for the ballet. The design is signed Rowell in pencil on the bottom right corner.
The design with collaged elements are mounted on a support paper on which annotations are made and fabric samples of blues and browns on the left and reds and pinks on the right are pined.
Collection
Accession number
S.4104-2013

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Record createdMarch 17, 2014
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