Short or long tutus for lakeside scenes in Swan Lake?
Posted 20 July 2012 - 04:57 PM
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Posted 22 July 2012 - 04:47 PM
You and Alexandra make a good point that the tutus originally used in Swan Lake were probably closer to knee-length or maybe a little longer. There are some pictures from revival productions of 1895 on the Royal Ballet Swan Lake page, the one with Pierina Legnani features tutus just above the knee and the one with Olga Preobrazhenskaya has tutus a few inches below the knee: http://www.rohedswan...story.asp?id=13 After looking at the latter, I think that these might be the length that the current Royal Ballet production based there costumes on, it is not quite Romantic-length like I thought, but it is still below the knee, maybe it needs its own classification!
Posted 22 July 2012 - 05:14 PM
Posted 23 July 2012 - 04:16 PM
But really, I prefer above-the-knee.
Posted 23 July 2012 - 06:40 PM
Posted 27 July 2012 - 12:28 PM
Cubanmiamiboy, thanks for all of the pictures! They were very helpful and informative.
Kathleen O'Connell and ksk48
"Royal Ballet ones always look like they are molting to me"
Posted 27 July 2012 - 03:43 PM
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Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:00 PM
I went back and looked at the Royal Ballet swan tutus again, and I think you make a good point about the "molting" look. The tapered way the "feathers" are cut does kind of give that impression. On the other hand, cutting "feathers" from tulle without giving them a tapered edge might look cartoonish, so maybe it would be better just to add faux feathers as accents or forego the suggestion of feathers on the skirts. I think that the ABT Swan Lake from the 1970s with Natalia Makarova had the corps in long plain white tutus.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 03:41 PM
I love what happens when you expose the knee and upper thigh, and am willing to sacrifice historical authenticity for that.
Maria Tallchief, in the 50s, and subsequent NYCB Odettes wore pancake tutus that were simple on the top but plush and thick in the skirt. The corps wore softer tutus ending just below the knee. This practice continues at NYCB, at least it did the last time I saw them dance the ballet, about 10 years ago. Tallchief's corps had large awkward-looking wings springing from the waistlline. Those did not last long.
In the interest of inclusiveness, we might want to mention an alternate white swan costuming from one of the most popular productions of the late 1990s ...
What would you call this look? Knickerbockers-plus-four?
Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:11 PM
the wings at the back of the Swan Queen's bodice in Balanchine's Tallchief-era Swan Lake were part of Cecil Beaton's designs, the swan maidens has these as well as the Swan Queen; the longer, softer swan maiden tutus with an extra 'tail-like' length at the back were Rouben Ter-Arutunian's designs for a subsequent NYCB production of Balanchine's staging.
the current NYCB designs (post-dating Balanchine's direction) are the work of Alain Vaes.
Posted 26 August 2012 - 04:21 PM
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