Fifty Years of the Ballet at Proud Chelsea

*UPDATE: Congratulations to Natalie Portman for winning the Oscar for Best Actress in a Leading Role for her part in Black Swan. Her best role to date!*

It’s the countdown to the 83rd Oscars and I’m crossing my fingers for Black Swan and its five nominations. To celebrate this great albeit dark film, I have to write about Colin Jones’ exhibition currently on at Proud Chelsea.

Fifty Years of the Ballet is a wonderful exhibition that gives us an insight into the stolen moments of The Royal Ballet over the decades.

These photographs celebrate the intimate portrayal of the ballet dancer rehearsing and waiting around behind the scenes, as well on the stage. Some of the images, which include Nureyev as one of their subjects, demonstrate the dancers’ relationships without the drama. It is almost as if this beautiful exhibition could be an antidote to Aronofsky’s film. I loved it.

Fifty Years of the Ballet by Colin Jones, Proud Chelsea, 13th January to 6th March 2011,

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