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Coppélia Pointe Ballet Shoe

Item# 10065567


Coppélia 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.

Inspired by the romantic theme in the famous comic ballet, Coppélia, about a girl, who is a dancing doll, this fanciful shoe is covered in pale yellow satin with matching ribbons and vintage lace trim on the vamp and binding. A yellow satin ribbon flower, reminiscent of an earlier time and bejeweled yellow butterfly on the heel, add a touch of whimsy. The interior is lined in a delightful butter colored satin.

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
  • Pale yellow satin exterior
  • Butter satin interior
  • Yellow ribbon, yellow flower, yellow butterfly & vintage lace
  • Glitter glass platform
  • One-of-a-kind
  • Signed by the artist
  • For decorative purposes only
  • Bag with ribbon closure & display stand included


 

Ballet

In classic or contemporary ballet, dancing may tell a story, express a mood, or simply reflect the music in movement. Ballet as part of staged performances originated in the Italian Renaissance courts of the 15th and 16th centuries and from there spread to France. The creation of classical ballet as we know it today occurred during the reign of the art-loving French king Louis XIV in the mid-17th century. During the Romantic era, ballet technique evolved to express new ideas, most notably with women dancing en point, or on their toes, allowing them to appear weightless and otherworldly.
 
Among the choreographers who helped bring ballet into the modern age by exploring new visual and dramatic styles are George Balanchine, Antony Tudor and—bridging the worlds of classical dance and Broadway—Agnes de Mille and Jerome Robbins.

 

 

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