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Online ballet images event TODAY from The Courtauld

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With apologies for the late notice, here are details of a talk at 12.30pm today which might be of interest.




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Addressing Images: Niall Billings

This is a live online event. Please register for more details. The platform and log in details will be sent to attendees at least 48 hours before the event. Please note that registration closes 30 minutes before the event start time. If you have not received the log in details or have any further queries, please contact researchforum@courtauld.ac.uk.

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Friday 15 January 2021

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Online Event 

In this Addressing Images we will consider representations of mythology and mysticism within the English Ballet. Some of the works we will consider will include Margot Fonteyn’s performance in ‘Horoscope’ (1938) as well as the Ballet Rambert’s production of ‘Mars and Venus (1930); of which both were choreographed by Sir Frederick Ashton. Through the lens of costume and set design we will examine how mystical, astrological, and classical themes were explored on the ballet stage, as well as considering how these themes expanded into other areas of visual culture.


Niall Billings received his BA in History of Art from UCL (2014-2017) and then completed his MA at The Courtauld Institute of Art with Dr Rebecca Arnold (2017-2018). His research focuses on twentieth-century dance and its relationship to constructions of gender and psychoanalysis. His MA thesis examined constructions of queer identity within the costumes and performances of Ballet Russes’ star, Vaslav Nijinsky. His work often explores the ways in which the dancing body interacts with perceptions of physical and mental health. Currently, he is a PhD candidate supervised by Dr Arnold and is researching the development of ballet in London during the interwar period.

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