Michael working with Edward Watson and Lauren Cuthbertson
Sculpture of The Royal Ballet
Michael Talbot is collaborating with The Royal Ballet on the creation of the ‘Royal Ballet Collection’ – a series of sculptures inspired by dance and the dancers of the Company. The first piece in the series, a portrait of Principal dancer, Edward Watson in rehearsal, was completed in December 2014. The latest piece, Juliet was recently completed in October 2015. Michael is working with Principal dancer Lauren Cuthbertson on the fourth piece in the series now, and the collection is to be officially launched in January 2016 (date to be confirmed).
The key to the Emergent Collection is to know that the figures are first fully sculpted in the round to an advanced and complete stage. Michael fixes the pose gesture and anatomy in the knowledge that half the features will be lost with the addition of the flat plains.
By adding, I take away, in doing so I’m saying “this aspect is important and this aspect can fade”. As so often in art, less is more. MT