The Romantic Tutu

As part of my homework for a Theatre History class this week, I constructed a basic romantic tutu with an emphasis on historical technique. I’ll go into further text details at a later date, but for now, here are some photos of the construction process that I opted not to upload with my assignment. For future reference, this took about five hours to complete, patterning to finish.

And just for fun, here are just a few of the sources I stumbled across while working on this project:

Brockett, Oscar G., and Franklin J. Hildy. History of the Theatre. 10th ed., Pearson, 2008.

Folts, Claudia R. The Classical Tutu Book. Charlotte, Developpe Publishing, 2002, pp. 11-16.

Hamilton, Caroline. “A Brief History of Tutus, From the Romantic Era to Today.” Pointe Magazine, 22 Dec. 2020, http://www.pointemagazine.com/tutus-2649521662.html?rebelltitem=2#rebelltitem2. Accessed 31 Jan. 2021.

Halsey, Travis. “How to Create a Romantic Tutu for Professional Dancers with Travis Halsey (Part One).” YouTube, uploaded by Rachel Finzen, 7 July 2020, https://youtu.be/6nCz4fr4w4w. Accessed 31 Jan. 2021.

Looseleaf, Victoria. “The Story of the Tutu.” Dance Magazine, 2 Oct. 2007, http://www.dancemagazine.com/the-story-of-the-tutu-2306873745.html. Accessed 31 Jan. 2021.

Macaulay, Alastair. “‘Swan Lake’ Discoveries Allow for a Deeper Dive Into Its History.” The New York Times, 13 Oct. 2015, http://www.nytimes.com/2015/10/14/arts/dance/swan-lake-discoveries-allow-for-a-deeper-dive-into-its-history.html. Accessed 31 Jan. 2021.

Primary resources: 

Sсherer and Nabgoltz’s Photography Studio. Portrait of Anna Sobeshchanskaya as Naiad in Cesare Pugni’s ballet “The Naiad and the Fisherman”. The Bolshoi Theatre, Google Arts and Culture, https://g.co/arts/Gwq21G4L3QAxSepE6. Accessed 31 Jan. 2021.

C. A. Fischer’s Photography Studio. “Portrait of Vera Karalli as Odette in P. Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘Swan Lake’”. The Bolshoi Theatre, Google Arts and Culture, https://g.co/arts/VP23eKQpG2JCRU6X8. Accessed 31 Jan. 2021.

C. A. Fischer’s Photography Studio. “Portrait of Yekaterina Geltzer as Aurora in P. Tchaikovsky’s ballet ‘The Sleeping Beauty’”. The Bolshoi Theatre, Google Arts and Culture, https://g.co/arts/z5UsnEfrFEtLxjUQ7. Accessed 31 Jan. 2021.

Not used, but still interesting: 

https://www.playbill.com/article/how-tschaikovskys-swan-lake-changed-ballet-forever

https://www.metmuseum.org/toah/hd/balt/hd_balt.htm

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