Theatre has its own atmosphere. Fragrance of wings and old wood floor create behind-the-stage-fairyland. I has been charmed with this magical world since I was a child. Coming to the theatre with my mom I used to hang around the costume and art shops where each piece of old fabric I found seemed to me the most valuable treasure. Since then, little has changed I love behind-the-stage world more and more.
Theatre is like a human body we cannot see vital organs when we look at it the same theatre. Decorations and costumes are in the public eye but audience often knows nothing about people who create these things. But all of them merit your applause because they put spirit into performances on par with ballet dancers.
Today I would like to take you to a costume shops to be more specific to tell you about tutu. So we’re going to visit the costume shop of Mariinsky Theatre.
If you love ballet really love theatre and everything connected with you’ll be fond of this place where people work hard to create fabric chef-d’oeuvre.
The very first tutu was made in 1839 for Marie Taglioni. It was designed by Eugéne Lam.
I was lucky enough to know about tutu history from A1 specialists.
“Earlier costumers should starch tutu now we can escape this process thanks to Rigilene (costume-making-polyester-boning). So modern tutus look more stiffer. In 40s 50s tutu became shorter and due to it flatter but still it’s shape wasn’t so graphic. (see Anna Pavlova “Dying Swan”).”
What caused the tutu-evolution?
“Ballet fashion was changing and modern materials had made tutu lighter and more transparent. A prima ballerina is usually a trendsetter. One more interesting fact the change of “Mariinsky tutu” was influenced by “Bolshoi tutu “that was more flat .”
Is it difficult to sew a tutu?
” Yes , it’s very laborious and long process. Sewing of one tutu takes about a week and here we don’t speak about decoration. Tutus are sewn by hand only so each one is unique. Moreover each tutu is created for a special ballerina and it should be comfortable to move as possible.”
Woman’s sewing manufactory is working nonstop. These extremely talented women create all the time they sew new costumes for the premiere “The Bronze Horseman”, restored olds. They are similar with ballerinas but they replaced movements with stitches in their dance…