Tuesday, November 15, 2011

Bravo, Polina !!!

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!


Little Rus said...

Wonderful news, Anya!!!! So happy her talent can be seen and appreciates on a greater scale. Those costumes are gorgeous. I've always loved ballet and the miracle of a ballet dress is like magic to me, every fold, feather, bead and sparkly sequins.
Hope you will share more photos of Polina's work with us.

Jan said...

I'm not surprised you can't get enough of it Anya.
Many congratulations
to Polina.

Блондини (Катрин) said...

wow! very beautiful images

saya said...

wow Anya i am amazed, big congratulations to your talented sister! ^_^

Caz said...

I hope you get this comment as for some reason my comments has not been working properly!! Polina's work is so beautiful I am truly in awe when I look at her talent displayed in these images, much the same way I feel when I look at your amazing millinery creations. Wow so much talent in one family xx

lorenabr said...

Congrats :) wonderful news! Makes me smile when talented people make it!
All the best!

David Toms said...

Anya, ever since I was a small child I have been fascinated with Nijinsky, Diaghlev and the Ballet Russe. Now to read that your sister is actually recreating some of these wonderful and magnificent costumes is a brilliant accomplishment!

Lauren said...

I think genius runs in the family! I love hearing about your sister, and am amazed by her creativity! I would love to see one of the ballets!

Angie Muresan said...

Congratulations to your sister, Polina! You must be so proud of her. I bet the costumes look exquisite.

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Hello,dearest Anya!

What a great,great,great post about your sister:-)*

HOW fabulously fantastic is it for Polina to do SO bizarre,unique work............so big honour!!!

I was in may by my Mom in Russia and missing your post from then about Polina's creations...unfortunately:-(*
OMG,such absolutely big talent and I coudn't saying more how goegeous and many-sides fantasy in Polina's mind!!!
Exeptional much work(got breathtaking when I look all these...!!!) and HOW elegant,how much awesome deatils there in her accessories!
Yes,dear Anya,you must beeing very,very proud sister,I can understand your feelings:-)))*

Adore your talent,Anya and now I'am so happy,I meet your beautiful sister Polina!
I keep a lot of time to look all your images here.....SO big pleasure is it!
Thank you so very much!!!

I wish you wonderful,inspirationl week ahead,my dearest friend:-)*

Always yours,

Marina Saclley @ Iced VoVo's said...

Indeed bravo Polina!
This is absolutely amazing Anya for your sister. I read in your words how proud you must be!

Amazing work ... congratualtions!

Millinerista, Couture Milliner said...

I remember seeing Polina's wonderful bead work in one of your previous posts so, congratulations on achieving such an important position. She must be over the moon. Hopefully very soon you will be able to see your sister.

VMcreation-fashion-studio-atelier said...

Just popt to wishing you lovely relaxed(if it possible....)weekend,dearest Anya:-)*

Much Love and warmest hugs,


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