Images Ballet Company (formerly Images of Dance) was created in 1991 under the Artistic Directorship of Margaret Barbieri and the guidance of Dame Alicia Markova. The company was founded to provide classical ballet dancers with invaluable performing experience and to bring all aspects of classical ballet to new and younger audiences. It aims to provide an insight into the work of British choreographers, presenting diverse programs of new, innovative works, as well as revivals of the classical and romantic narrative ballets. The Company was re-launched under its new title, Images Ballet Company, in September 2015 and is under the Artistic Direction of Jennifer Jackson.
Each year a new cast of company members are introduced as part of their training in classical ballet at the prestigious London Studio Centre. In 2016 the company toured works staged and created by Jose Martin, Morgann Runacre-Temple, Sally Marie, Jonathan Watkins and Jennifer Jackson. Their achievements were diverse, from the re-creation of fiercely technical nineteenth century ballet, to post-modern devised choreography they performed the evening-long performance at various theatre venues across the UK, before culminating in a season finale at Lillian Baylis Studio Theatre, London. For their 2017 tour, Images Ballet Company presented four richly contrasting works by a company of talented dancers and musicians. With new music, beautiful costumes and brimming with vitality Images Ballet Company presents four richly contrasting works by a company of talented dancers and musicians. This is classic ballet with a contemporary aesthetic. Making her very first work for a ballet company, irreverent choreographer Liz Aggiss delved into ballet stories to find death and disaster. Ballet Ireland’s Morgann Runacre-Temple presented imaginatively surreal articulations of the female body. Dances from the prologue of Sleeping Beauty come alive with a new score by Tom Armstrong, after Tchaikovsky. Matthew Hart explored love and loss deftly woven into Malcolm Arnold’s vibrant Concerto for Two Pianos (Three Hands). Together it was an evening of high quality entertainment and thought-provoking artistry.
Historically the company has performed classical repertoire and new choreography, premiering works by choreographers including Matthew Bourne, Christopher Wheeldon, Mark Baldwin, Adam Cooper, Wayne Sleep and William Tuckett, as well as Jennifer Jackson. Senior principal members from major companies, such as The Royal Ballet, English National Ballet and Rambert Dance Company rehearse and workshop with the company.
Images Ballet Company dancers have gone on to join and perform with prominent companies including Royal Ballet Company, English National Ballet, Scottish Ballet, Dutch National Ballet, Rambert Dance Company, New Adventures, Royal Swedish Ballet, Vienna Festival Ballet, The Peter Schaufuss Ballet, Ballet Ireland and many more.