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Australian Ballet and the Designs of Bill Constable

Event Information

When
  • 11 Oct 2016 12:30pm - 1:30pm
Where
  • Mitchell Theatre, Sydney Mechanics School of Arts, 280 Pitt Street
  • Sydney
  • New South Wales
Other Information
  • Cost: FREE and Open to the Public
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Olga Sedneva - Bill Constable

Set design is a critical element of a production, whether it be drama, dance or opera, and Olga Sedneva honours the significant contributions of set designer and artist William (Bill) Constable for his 110th anniversary.

Focusing primarily on Constable’s designs for the famous Australian ballet, Corroboree, Olga will discuss his legacy in stage decor and his input into Australian theatrical design over the years. Over the course of his career, Constable designed for over 160 dramas, operas, ballets (including sets and costumes for Noel Coward’s only ballet,London Morning) and films.

Constable used minimalistic composition to accurately translate the desert of Central Australia with bold organic shapes, strong details, variation in textures and contrasting colours in set designs made in 1947 for a planned ballet by Borovansky set to John Antill’s score for Corroboree. While that production failed to go ahead, the designs were used for the 1950 world premiere production of by the National Theatre Ballet.

Olga will also briefly touch on Constable’s friendship and creative collaboration with Edouard Borovansky and his Borovansky Ballet in 1940 (for whom he designed almost twenty productions), and his extensive involvement with many Australian ballet companies,

An accomplished artist, he illustrated books and was commissioned to make several murals, most notably for the lower foyer of the Theatre Royal in 1952 (partially demolished for the construction of the MLC Centre) and The Empire Theatre on Quay Street in Sydney in 1953 (destroyed by a fire in 1970s).

Join Olga Sedneva to rediscover this forgotten genius. 

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