A while ago I wrote a post about my very talented sister Polina and today I am so proud to tell you that not only Polina was hired by the Theater of Opera and Ballet as a head seamstress in beading, but in a few short months was able to recreate dramatic and unique costumes for two ballets "Scheherazade" and "Tamar" - two legendary shows created by Sergei Diaghilev for Ballet Russes almost 100 years ago.
The premiere of both Ballets took place on November 9th to a roaring standing ovation and I only wish I could be there to witness the premier itself and the costumes Polina has worked on so very hard. Ballet was produced and precisely recreated from Diaghilev's version by one of the most talented names in Ballet - Andris Liepa. "Scheherezade" and "Tamar" (the ballet that was almost lost and had to be reconstructed piece and piece from the fragments of the recorded descriptions and old photographs ) are a part of the new programme for the World Tour Liepa plans in a very near future.The tour will also include two legendary Ballets "Fire Bird" and "Swan Lake".
When I asked Polina what was the toughest part for her, she said: "recreating the costume of the Golden Slave" the drawings for which were lost entirely and the only way to get an idea of how it looked was from one very rare photograph which you can see at the end of the post. The costume of the Golden Slave ended up being one of the most beautiful pieces in the wardrobe of "Scheherazade" because Polina simply refused sleep for weeks dedicating all her time making sure that the costumes look flawless.
Here are few very first photographs of the Big Premier and I can not help but tear up looking at the work of my little sister. Bravo Polina!
I promise to post more close ups as soon as they will become available, but to me and many other people it is a very special feeling seeing Diaghilev's costumes once again gracing the stage. Can not wait to see them in New York!
Here is the picture of Golden Slave I was talking about earlier. I would be completely lost as to how even to beging to recreate the costume.
Polina says that they have already started to work on the costumes for "Fire Bird" and "Swan Lake". I simply can not get enough of it and keep asking gazillion questions. :-))) Polina says that tutus for the "Swan lake" will be the biggest challenge yet: there is over 100 of them that need to be beaded in such a way that it would not add an extra weight to the costume and at the same time create all the sparkles for the magic that we call Ballet!
I remember going to the Theater of Opera and Ballet (the picture below) when I was a little girl, watching breathless performances by the greatest Ballet Divas. Never in a million years would I imagine that my little sister, Polina, will become a creative force behind creating the beauty for so many legendary performances!