Acrylic by Tamara Savchenko

 

 

Ballet dancers are admired for the beauty of movement and their physical beauty. When it all combines with beautiful music a unique magical world is created. The world we fall in love when we are just little girls wanting to be as beautiful as ballerinas. I was one of those girls and although I have not become one, I have loved dancing all my life and still go to a dance class from time to time. My deeper understanding of the ballet came later when my husband and I met on holidays a principal ballerina from Kirgizstan, Aisulu Tokombaeva. I saw her stretching every day, I saw her tormented feet and I also learnt that she needs physio because she is frequently in pain. Once she danced just for two of us the whole act of Giselle explaining how movement represents feelings. Since then I admire ballet dancers not only for their beauty but for the incredibly hard work and pain of the creative process.

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.

Ballet dancers are admired for the beauty of movement and their physical beauty. When it all combines with beautiful music a unique magical world is created. The world we fall in love when we are just little girls wanting to be as beautiful as ballerinas. I was one of those girls and although I have not become one, I have loved dancing all my life and still go to a dance class from time to time. My deeper understanding of the ballet came later when my husband and I met on holidays a principal ballerina from Kirgizstan, Aisulu Tokombaeva. I saw her stretching every day, I saw her tormented feet and I also learnt that she needs physio because she is frequently in pain. Once she danced just for two of us the whole act of Giselle explaining how movement represents feelings. Since then I admire ballet dancers not only for their beauty but for the incredibly hard work and pain of the creative process.

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.

 

 

 

 

Blue Dancer

£350.00Price
  • Tamara Savchenko

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