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Pavlova Pointe Ballet Shoe
Pavlova 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 Anna Pavlovna, the world-famous Russian prima ballerina of the late 19th and the early 20th centuries, this elegant pointe shoe is covered in tangerine satin accented with matching satin ribbons and a large rhinestone jewel nestled in green silk leaves and peach silk rosebuds on the vamp. Gold and rhinestone trim runs along the binding, while the heel features a peach rosebud on a green silk leaf and peach string bow. The interior is lined in a delightful ballerina pink 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
- Tangerine satin exterior, ballerina pink satin interior
- Tangerine satin ribbons
- Large rhinestone jewel, peach rosebuds & green silk leaves on vamp
- Peach rosebud on green silk leaf and peach string bow on heel
- Gold and rhinestone trim
- Glitter glass platform
- Signed by the artist
- For decorative purposes only
- Bag with ribbon closure & display stand included
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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