Saturday, 4 July, 2015
'Nijinsky and the Yellow Piano'
Nijinsky, Serge Diaghilev and the Ballets Russes
The Ecumenical Church Hall, Wesley St, Rodley, Leeds LS13 1LJ
We are returning to one of our favourite venues for what promises to be an exhilarating meeting, hand-in-glove with our patronage of Northern Ballet, but offering so much more.
Firstly, Janet Hull will introduce the work of the award-winning students from her first-year course in Historical & Performance Costume for Stage and Screen at the Yorkshire Coast College in Scarborough.
However, the main celebrity of the day is Robert Donald from Halifax. In Robert’s own words, ‘he escaped from Scunthorpe…to find culture in West Yorkshire’ (!) Embracing every aspect of the Arts, through teaching - from juniors to adults, Robert rose to the post of Senior Lecturer in Art & Design at Dewsbury College. He has a particular passion for Ballet, as we will hear, and is yet another committed follower of our Leeds-based Northern Ballet, now in their 45th year. Robert’s presentation is in two parts; before lunch we have the privilege to see a rather special video featuring the Ballets Russes to be followd after lunch by an intriguing insight into the Russian dancer, Nijinsky. In the mesmerizing days of Doucet, Lanvin, Poiret and Bakst, the period around 1909 never looked more inviting!
10.30am: Coffee/Tea on arrival
11.00am: Scarborough College Awards, 2015 - Janet Hull
11.30am: ‘Diaghilev & the Ballets Russes’, - video presentation.
c.1.50pm: ‘Nijinsky & the Yellow Piano’ - Robert Donald
NOTE: Booking in advance is essential for this meeting. You may book on line, print a Booking Form to post or telephone 0113 318 8314 for further information. Lunch is optional