ballet in history

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Ballet Evolved: At the Court of Louis XIV; part of the Royal Opera House’s exploration of the history and development of ballet.

Queen Victoria’s ivory dancing slippers of silk satin, made between 1851 and 1860. For comfort and practicality, they have leather soles and no heel, plus ribbon ties (not visible). In all they are very similar to modern ballet slippers.  The label reads 

‘GUNDRY & SON/Boot & shoe Makers/TO THE QUEEN/The Prince of Wales/THE ROYAL FAMILY/H.R.H THE DUCHESS OF KENT/and the/PRINCESS CHARLOTTE OF THE BELGIANS/1 Soho square London’

Museum of London

George Barbier, Vaslav Nijinsky as the Golden Slave and Ida Rubinstein in Scheherazade, Paris, 1910.

Schéhérazade is a ballet in one act with choreography by Michael Fokine, libretto by Benois, music by Rimsky-Korsakov and design by Leon Bakst. Premiered 4 June 1910 by Sergei Diaghilev Ballets Russes at the Paris Opera.