Colin Jones – Backstage at the Ballet

February 11, 2020 to March 7, 2020
Mon – Fri 10am – 4pm, Sat 12pm – 4pm


All Ages

Colin Jones (b.1936), one of Britain’s most significant photojournalists, began his creative career dancing with The Royal Ballet. This dancer-turned-photographer focused his lens on fellow dancers, capturing hard-working bodies and backstage drama.  The photographs from the 1960s include Britain’s iconic ballerina, Margot Fonteyn and the Soviet-born Rudolf Nureyev as well as later images from the 1990s, featuring English National Ballet star Tamara Rojo.

This is the first exhibition in a public gallery of Jones’ ballet photographs, featuring rarely-seen backstage images of British ballet from the late 1950s to the millennium.


Image: Colin Jones – Lead Image

The North Wall, South Parade, Oxford