Yinka Shonibare: Globe Head Ballerina

photo:Sim Canetty-Clarke, courtesy UP Projects ROH
'Globe Head Ballerina' by Yinka Shonibare
Royal Opera House, Covent Garden Monday May 20 2013 12:00

A commission by artist Yinka Shonibare, produced by Up Projects for the Royal Opera House. Titled 'Globe Head Ballerina', the work is inspired by a famous photograph of ballerina Margot Fonteyn. Shonibare's sculpture depicts a life-size ballerina, modelled on Melissa Hamilton, a soloist with the Royal Ballet. Encased in a giant 'snow globe', the figure, whose head is a replica Victorian globe, rotates slowly. Her tutu is made of fabrics that are synonymous with Shonibare's work and his exploration of the ambiguities of heritage and identity; originally manufactured by the Dutch for sale in the Indonesian market, the fabrics have become a symbol of African identity, having eventually been sold to the colonies in West Africa. The work is displayed on the exterior of the building overlooking Russell Street and will remain in place for five years.

Venue name: Royal Opera House
Contact:
Address: Bow St
London
WC2E 9DD
Opening hours: Check website for show times
Transport: Tube: Covent Garden
Event website: http://www.upprojects.com