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Set Design

1944 (drawn)
Place Of Origin

Garden setting design by William Holmes for The Last Curtain performed by The Ballet Guild 1944. The symmetrical set showed a semi-circular colonnade split in the centre to reveal a rectangular ornamental pond with water lilies and with statue of Eros at the far end. The bushes are covered with pink flowers and it appears that wisteria climbs up the columns. In the distance are a series of cypress trees
The Last Curtain was a short-lived ballet choreographed by Molly Lake for the Ballet Guild and first performed at the People’s Palace, Mile End Road, London on 30 March 1944. The music was by Weber arranged by Neville Marriner with costumes by Eva Melova . The production had a slight narrative concerning the last performance of a ballerina (Emilienne Lagrange played by Molly Lake) and the rehearsal in the same work by her successor. The Sitter Out in the Dancing Times, May 1944, found the work could have been cut to its advantage and it suffered from too many steps however ‘the choreography has witty moments as one so often finds in Miss Lake’s ballets of this genre. She has quite a penchant for vaguely vulgar Victorian and Romantic over-emphasis. But apart from an interesting Pas de Trois danced with great zest by two coryphées (June Troll and Margaret Sear) and a “Danseuse Travestie” (Kathleen Brierly) the actual dances lack invention.’


object details
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Object Type
Materials and Techniques
Pencil and watercolour on paper mounted on board
Brief Description
Set design by William Holmes for The Last Curtain performed by The Ballet Guild 1944
Physical Description
Set design by William Holmes for The Last Curtain performed by The Ballet Guild 1944. The design in watercolour and pencil has been mounted on board with a pencilled red frame and pencil annotation "LAST CURTAIN" THE BALLET GUILD MARCH 1944



Garden setting design by William Holmes for The Last Curtain performed by The Ballet Guild 1944. The symmetrical set showed a semi-circular colonnade split in the centre to reveal a rectangular ornamental pond with water lilies and with statue of Eros at the far end. The bushes are covered with pink flowers and it appears that wisteria climbs up the columns. In the distance are a series of cypress trees

Dimensions
  • Height of paper height: 20.3cm
  • Width of paper width: 35cm
  • Height of board height: 20.3cm
  • Width of board width: 38.5cm
Marks and Inscriptions
W. Holmes "LAST CURTAIN" THE BALLET GUILD MARCH 1944 (Artist's signature in green watercolour on bottom left colner of design "LAST CURTAIN" THE BALLET GUILD MARCH 1944 in pencil on mount On the back of the board is written 'London Archives of the Dance and Last Curtain)
Credit line
London Archives of the Dance
Object history
Design created for the Ballet Guild whose collection passed to the London Archives of the dance (as annotated on back of board. The London Archives of the dDance was given to the V&A
Summary
Garden setting design by William Holmes for The Last Curtain performed by The Ballet Guild 1944. The symmetrical set showed a semi-circular colonnade split in the centre to reveal a rectangular ornamental pond with water lilies and with statue of Eros at the far end. The bushes are covered with pink flowers and it appears that wisteria climbs up the columns. In the distance are a series of cypress trees

The Last Curtain was a short-lived ballet choreographed by Molly Lake for the Ballet Guild and first performed at the People’s Palace, Mile End Road, London on 30 March 1944. The music was by Weber arranged by Neville Marriner with costumes by Eva Melova . The production had a slight narrative concerning the last performance of a ballerina (Emilienne Lagrange played by Molly Lake) and the rehearsal in the same work by her successor. The Sitter Out in the Dancing Times, May 1944, found the work could have been cut to its advantage and it suffered from too many steps however ‘the choreography has witty moments as one so often finds in Miss Lake’s ballets of this genre. She has quite a penchant for vaguely vulgar Victorian and Romantic over-emphasis. But apart from an interesting Pas de Trois danced with great zest by two coryphées (June Troll and Margaret Sear) and a “Danseuse Travestie” (Kathleen Brierly) the actual dances lack invention.’

Collection
Accession Number
S.269-2018

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record createdAugust 15, 2018
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