Royal Ballet Story

The enduring nature of public sculpture places a special responsibility on the artists who create them. With these truths in mind it is with great excitement that we follow the development of a major monument being created by Richard MacDonald to celebrate the founder of The Royal Ballet and The Royal Ballet School.

After devoting more than thirty years to the perfection of the human form in movement, Richard MacDonald has been chosen to create a major monument to classical dance that will be the crowning jewel of Britain’s most prestigious institution of dance.

During his many visits to London, Richard MacDonald has worked with the renowned principal dancers of The Royal Ballet Carlos Acosta, Steven McRae, Sergei Polunin, Marianela Nunez, and Tamara Rojo. These interactions have resulted in the creation of numerous important works as Richard MacDonald continues to explore the possibilities of the Grand Coda. As the creative work unfolds these maquettes, or studies from life, are being cast in bronze, leading towards the ultimate creation of the larger than life size works for the Grand Coda, which will grace the entrance of White Lodge in London.