Acrylic by Tamara Savchenko


This series of paintings is about behind the scene ballet. I wanted to paint the process of practicing, resting, and stretching. I wanted to paint their determination, tired bodies and minutes of quiet when they can just relax. My triangular style of painting allows to create tension in the body during practice and rest. It exaggerates the pain they experience when they work or when they relax, catching their breath. I chose the colours, which apart from being the colours of modern ballet, helped to create sculptural effects. Like in sculptures, where every part of the body is in just right place, in ballet the dancers create momentous sculptures which only last a few seconds, so I tried to capture those moments. The paintings are based on my memories, going to ballet performances and watching documentaries.


Before You Dance

  • Tamara Savchenko