An exhibition on the theme of dance by Andrea Byrne at The Sayle Gallery 8th-24th November 2013.
Inspired by her daughter’s passion for ballet, artist and illustrator Andrea Byrne has chosen the theme of dance for her latest stunning exhibition.
There will be some 60 highly detailed works of art, in watercolour pencil and the finest pen and ink. The tiny strokes and minute decoration mean that some have taken hundreds of hours to complete.
It begins with the man who started it all, Louis XIV, who’s love of dance lead him to establish the first ballet school, the Paris Opera Ballet. Here, for the first time, students were trained to become professional dancers and ballet left the private realms of the court to become a public spectacle.
Four eras of ballet are covered in the exhibition:
Opera Ballet; Ballet d’Action; Romantic Ballet and the Ballet Russe.
The last of these, “The Rite of Spring”, hit the Parisian stage in 1913 with such a blow on the opening night, that the audience rioted, tearing up seats as they went! It is still performed regularly today, usually receiving a more sedate response.
Some of the dancers, such as Lully, Pavlova, Nijinsky are still well known today, but a number, whilst gaining enormous fame, wealth, reputation and occasionally notoriety in their own lifetimes, are more or less unknown outside the ballet world.
Also on display will be a collection of playing cards: 53 small portraits of the dancers framed together in the four suits; and a large set of full colour, suit of cups, tarot cards, with a few of the major arcana cards, such as the Star, the World and the Moon. These works are depicted in a looser, more linear style, and each of the cups featured is an antique tea cup, which adds a surreal element!
There will be short biographies on each dancer in the Gallery, booklets to take away, for those interested in learning more, a dancer time-line wall chart and quizzes with prizes for the younger visitors throughout the exhibition.
The Sayle Gallery is open Monday 1pm-5pm,Tuesday-Saturday 10am-5pm, Sunday 1.30-4.30pm