The first time I noticed nail polish was when dancer's strange looking hands caught my attention from the fourth ring. I raised my opera glasses and saw that the dancer (initials JF), who usually had lovely hands, was wearing coral nail polish, a shade or two darker than her skin. That contrast, from that distance, was enough to cut the continuity of the line of her hands. In life, we seldom have reason to create a line from head to neck to shoulders through arms and out through the fingers.
Brightly colored nails don't usually blunt the hand, however, unless they and/or the hand are badly shaped, though - generally colored longer nails enhance and emphasize longer fingers and elegant hands and often they are used to draw attention to those qualities.
Tattoos and Piercings on Ballet Dancers?
Posted 19 February 2010 - 10:26 PM
Posted 20 February 2010 - 02:55 PM
I beg for readers' forbearance if I've become too insistent. Also, I am not unaware that nail polish is not the topic of this thread. However, it is a form of body ornamentation, even if it is temporary.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 12:19 AM
I didn't realize how much more work it would be to conceal them for HD broadcasts, of which there have been more recently for dance, primarily thanks to Emerging Pictures.
Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:00 AM
Posted 03 August 2012 - 07:58 AM
Posted 05 August 2012 - 08:18 AM
Tattoos seem to be a permanent solution to what may turn out to be transitory desires.
Posted 03 December 2013 - 09:45 AM
I thought I'd bring this thread forward again after seeing Crystal Pite's Emergence at Pacific Northwest Ballet. The men in the work all had sizeable temporary tattoos as part of their costumes -- they were on the upper back, and most of them extended across the shoulder joint to the upper arm. They were incredibly effective, especially in one section where the men were seated with their backs to the audience for an elaborate arm sequence.
They were applied with a stencil, and did not come off with soap and water -- apparently they needed some kind of makeup remover wipe, and with almost every man in the company working in the piece, they were all helping each other with the task.
Posted 30 December 2013 - 11:48 AM
Recently I was at a performance of Alvin Ailey where the tattoos on one of the dancers were so large that it was distracting.
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