DARCEY BUSSELL - FAREWELL


There`s a painting of her in the National Portrait Gallery, a larger-than-life sculpture of her stands above the entrance to a shopping arcade in Oxford Street and she`s a CBE... not many ballerinas cross the divide from dance fame to celebrity but Darcey Bussell, who retired from the Royal Ballet during June 2007 in a gala event that included a television special, is one of the few.

The main celebration performances produced by the George Piper Dancers featured Ballet Boyz, Michael Nunn and William Travitt and were staged at London`s Sadlers Wells 15 18 May 2007.

Darcey, accompanied by Jonathan Cope out of retirement for one last fling with his old partner, stood sleek and severe, shoulder-to-shoulder like the last humans left alive in a duet from Christopher Wheeldon`s Tryst, the post-apocalyptic theme pursued in suggestions of coiled ferns pushing up through the earth, or gaunt wading birds... the semi-abstract style showing Bussell at her best.

Staged in stark contrast was Kenneth MacMillan`s Winter Dreams, modelled on Chekhov`s The Three Sisters. The ballet, aptly about saying goodbye enacts the sisters reluctantly waving off the billet of army officers from their village, along with their hopes and dreams. The performance includes pas de deux performances by Darcey as the yearning Marsha and Roberto Bolle as Lt. Colonel Vershinin.

Charles Willmott was invited to attend rehearsals at Sadlers Wells to observe and prepare reference material from which this body of work covering the two ballets emerged.

Darcey`s final appearances at the Royal Opera House, Covent Garden featured three performances of Kenneth MacMillan`s Song of the Earth, the lead ballerina is forced to accept the relentless, seductive call of death... it felt as though she could not have chosen a more poignant vehicle with which to take her final bow on the ballet stage, her final performance on Friday 4th June 2007 was screened on BBC2.

And then of course, there`s Darcey and Katherine Jenkins in Viva La Diva... but that`s another story!


Tryst
(Darcey Bussell - Farewell Sadlers Wells May 2007)

DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (8)
 
Original graphite and oil study on vellum paper, signed and stamped. 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S702 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (9)
 
Original graphite and oil study on vellum paper, signed and stamped. 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S703 
FOR SALE

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (10)
 
Original graphite and oil study on vellum paper, signed and stamped. 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S704 
FOR SALE

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DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S672 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S673 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (3)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S674 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (4)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S675 
SOLD

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DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (7)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S678 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (5)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S676 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (6)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S677 
SOLD

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DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (5)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 50 x 61 cm 
Catalogue No. OP285 
FOR SALE

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DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (1)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. OP276 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (2)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. OP277 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (3)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. OP280 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (4)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. OP281 
SOLD

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DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (5)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 80 x 120 cm 
Catalogue No. OC217 
SOLD

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DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (1)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 90 x 100 cm 
Catalogue No. OC197 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (2)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 90 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC198 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (3)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 90 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC199 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Tryst (4)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 70 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. OC202 
SOLD

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Winter Dreams
(Darcey Bussell - Farewell Sadlers Wells May 2007)

DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (1)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S667 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (2)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S668 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (3)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S669 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (4)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S670 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (5)
 
Original study in graphite & oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 43 cm 
Catalogue No. S671 
SOLD

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DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (1)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. OP274 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (2)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. OP275 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (3)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. OP278 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (4)
 
Original work in oil on gessoed paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. OP279 
SOLD

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DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (1)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 100 x 80 cm 
Catalogue No. OC195 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (2)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 100 x 80 cm 
Catalogue No. OC196 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (3)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 100 x 80 cm 
Catalogue No. OC200 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Winter Dreams (4)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 70 x 60 cm 
Catalogue No. OC203 
SOLD

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Song of the Earth
(Darcey Bussell - Farewell Royal Opera House June 2007)

DARCEY BUSSELL Song of the Earth (1)
 
Original Study in Graphite and oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S686 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Song of the Earth (2)
 
Original Study in Graphite and oil on vellum paper 
Image size 60 x 45 cm 
Catalogue No. S687 
SOLD

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DARCEY BUSSELL Song of the Earth (1)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 90 x 90 cm 
Catalogue No. OC204 
SOLD

 (click to enlarge) DARCEY BUSSELL Song of the Earth (2)
 
Original work in oil on canvas 
Image size 120 x 100 cm 
Catalogue No. OC213 
SOLD

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