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April in Paris Pointe Ballet Shoe

Item# 10065572


April in Paris Pointe Ballet Shoe

This exquisite, one-of a kind decorative pointe ballet shoe is handcrafted from a reclaimed slipper, actually worn on stage and embellished with vintage and other select ornamental elements.

Ballet is a highly technical form of dance with its own vocabulary based on French terminology. This whimsical shoe, depicting the enchanting colors of April in Paris, is covered in pale yellow satin and accented wih matching ribbons. Lemon drop yellow jewels set in elegant pearl lace adorn the vamp, while two tiny handmade daisies add a fanciful touch to the binding. Pearl lace, a yellow gem and a single daisy adorn the heel. The interior is lined in a charming linen print featuring icons of Paris.

Sparkling with white glitter glass on the toe, this unique piece bears the signature of the artist, Anne Schwantes, on the sole finished in gold.

Anne received her first pair of pointe ballet shoes on her 13th birthday and hasn’t stopped dancing since. A font of creativity, she brings the same enthusiasm to her art, as she does to her impressive career in theatre and dance.

Made exclusively for the Met, our dazzling pointe shoe pays tribute to the many graceful and elegant dancers at the American Ballet Theatre.

  • A Met Opera Exclusive
  • Reclaimed pointe ballet shoe
  • Exterior: pale yellow satin exterior
  • Interior: linen print with icons of Paris
  • Pale yellow ribbon
  • Lemon drop yellow jewels
  • Pearl lace
  • Yellow gem
  • Handmade daisies
  • Glitter glass platform
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Signed by the artist
  • For decorative purposes only
  • Bag with ribbon closure & display stand included
     

Giacomo Puccini's Manon Lescaut

Few operas have surpassed Manon Lescaut (1893) in the depiction of the urgency of young love. The French tale of a beautiful young woman destroyed by her conflicting needs for love and luxury had already inspired Massenet’s Manon (1884), a relatively new and immensely popular work at the time of Manon Lescaut’s premiere. Puccini made the story his own and infused it with a new level of frank emotion and a flood of melody. The opera was his first great success, leading George Bernard Shaw to name him “the successor to Verdi.”

 

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