Ballet Dancer Recreates The Paintings Of Edgar Degas
Edgar Degas is famous for his paintings of practicing ballerinas. Misty Copeland, a 33-year-old ballerina is recreating his paintings in real life. In a photoshoot done with the cooperation of NYC Dance Project, the ballet dancer posed as the subjects of Dega’s world. Dega is famous for painting ballerinas working and practicing backstage, in contrast to the usually idealized depictions of them dancing on stage.
“It was interesting to be on a shoot and to not have the freedom to just create like I normally do with my body,” Copeland told Harper’s Bazaar. “Trying to re-create what Degas did was really difficult. It was amazing just to notice all of the small details but also how he still allows you to feel like there’s movement.”
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This article bought back some lovely memories for me. Over 35 years ago my amazing dance teacher, Margaret Barnes of Margaret Barnes School of Dancing in Surrey, UK, recreated several of the Degas Paintings and bought them to life through dance. I took part in those recreations, they were stunning and planned to absolute perfection, her placement of dancers, props and costumes was impeccable. I only wish that her incredible work could have been documented by such beautiful photographic work.