I noticed with interest the announcement that Dame Ninette de Valois' estate was valued at less than £300,000. Although it states that memorabilia was left to ROH Trust and others, there is no mention of what is perhaps the most valuable element of her bequest ie. her intellectual property, her writings and choreography. In the light of the recent problems over Martha Graham's body of work it would be good to know what provision has been made for the preservation and maintenance of her choreographic works, and who now owns the rights to them. This seems an opportune moment to draw people's attention to a recent article by Jennifer Jackson and myself for Dance Theatre Journal (Vol 17 No 3 October 2001), sadly not available on line, on "The legacy of de Valois" on how her achievements and ideas have shaped British ballet.
2. "RE: The legacy of de Valois"
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Is it not remarkable that a woman of her stature and notoriety has died leaving what is, by today's standards of wealth, such a very small estate ? Yet another proof, were any needed (!) of Miss de Valois' high integrity. Clearly, it was not on her agenda to intimate to well-placed friends and acquaintances that "the world now owed her a very good living". Not perhaps the Herbert von Karajan approach to life and work...