AT THE ROYAL OPERA HOUSE
The Royal Opera House in London is both an architectural gem and a world-class arts venue. On top of that it houses and employs an army of artisans, makers, technicians and designers who create the magic that goes into every ballet and opera performed on its storied stage. And, then there are the dancers...
FRONT OF HOUSE
Gilded ceiling inside the theatre
In the amphitheatre
Lighting Rossini's Il Barbiere di Siviglia
The Paul Hamlyn Hall
Stacked tutus for Sir Frederick Ashton's "Symphonic Variations"
Each ballet and opera production has a costume bible full of sketches, drawings and swatches.
Costume department fridge art
THE ROYAL BALLET MORNING CLASS
Morning class is when the dancers work on and perfect their technique. It also serves as their warm up for a day full of rehearsals and possibly an evening performance.
...and up high
At the barre with the teacher
Relaxing with colleagues
They make it look so easy.
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