National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection
National Museum of Dance Collection

Vera Kregal

In 2003, the Museum received a selection of costume pieces and dancewear owned by Vera Kregal, a dancer with the Mariinsky Ballet in the first part of the twentieth century. Beaded cuffs dating to 1908, headpieces, stockings, undergarments, and pointe shoes comprise this noteworthy collection donated by Kregal’s great-niece, Heidi Billittier. These pieces formed the basis for discourse on the history of Russian ballet within the 2009 exhibition, Ballets Russes, that celebrated the centenary of the founding of Sergei Diaghilev’s visionary, Paris-based company. The entire exhibition was drawn from the Museum collection and archives, and in addition to the Kregal garments, included an evening dress worn by Anna Pavlova, original photographs, and a range of programs from Diaghilev’s Ballets Russes and the troupes born from it including the Ballet Russe de Monte Carlo.