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Panel Discussion: Roger Kemp and the Ballet Russes

— Saturday 21st September 2019

4. Untitled Music Movement 1935 40 oil on card 42 x 60cm
Join us at the Charles Nodrum Gallery on Saturday 21st September, 4 - 6pm

Chaired by dance historian Professor Rachel Fensham, panellists include Christopher Heathcote (author and art critic), Lee Cristofis (dance archivist and critic) and Sally Smart (contemporary visual artist).  They will discuss the influence that the Ballet Russes had on Roger Kemp, and on visual artists, designers, dancers and choreographers in Australia then and now.

Roger Kemp was electrified by his encounter with the Ballet Russes during their extended visits to Australia in the 1930s.  The colourful costumes and fantastic sets, charismatic choreographers and dancers, the dynamic repertoire, and the sheer excitement of the dance spectacle as a whole, changed our perceptions about what art might create and communicate.  


Please RSVP for catering purposes - email gallery@charlesnodrumgallery.com.au or phone 03 9427 0140

Since its establishment in 1984, the Charles Nodrum Gallery’s exhibition program embraces a diversity of media and styles - from painting, sculpture & works on paper to graphics and photography; from figurative, geometric, gestural, surrealist & social comment to installation & conceptually based work.