Adam Cooper

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Cooper joined the Royal Ballet in 1989 and became a principal dancer in 1994. The following year he was invited by Matthew Bourne to dance the Swan/Stranger in Adventures in Motion Pictures' revolutionary Swan Lake in which the two principal dancers and the corps de ballet were male. The production took the dance world by storm; Cooper sustained the role for four and a half years, touring throughout the world, and is seen as a pivotal figure in broadening the appeal of ballet in the present day.
The portrait was made after six four-hour sittings in a dressing room at the Dominion Theatre during the matinée performances in which Cooper was not appearing.

National Portrait Gallery, London



Adam Cooper




oil on gesso on oak panel


H 15.3 x W 9.7 cm

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Purchased, 2000

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