Susan Benson was born in Kent. She trained as a painter in the UK before emigrating to Canada. Her work as a painter has been interwoven with design for theatre, ballet and opera. Portraiture has been prominent in her painting, but the influence of the natural world, especially the scenery of the West Coast of Canada is revealed in her landscapes and in her representations of natural forms. Her time spent in the Leighton Colony at the Banff Centre has had a profound effect on her work as a painter. The original time spent in the Colony was part of a Banff Centre Award for Contributions to the Arts in Canada. Since then she has been able to spend further She lives on Salt Spring Island on the West Coast of Canada.
Enigma Variations programme notes
It was twelve years before design student Julia Trevelyan Oman finally
got a response to her suggestion that the Royal Opera House adapt
Elgar's Enigma Variations into a ballet. But when she did, it was from
one of the most important figures in British Ballet, who wanted to know
if she was available to collaborate on the project...
The painted costumes of Cinderella
For the costumes worn throughout Cinderella, John Macfarlane created a suite of hand-painted designs. The challenge was then to create physical items of clothing as richly detailed as his illustrations. These never-before-published photos, from the Wardrobe department’s own reference folder, reveal some of the ways in which this was done.