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Monday, December 30, 2019

Anna: Exploring the Life and Art of Anna Pavlova

Anna Pavlova's "Russian Dance" Private Residence of Lord and Lady Londonborough, London 1909 - the outfit recreated by Peggy Turchette

The Dairy Arts Center in Boulder is displaying a unique exhibit exploring the life and the art of the world famous ballerina, Anna Pavlova, born in St. Petersburg, Russia 1881.
Peggy Turchette has been working with her Pavlova project for the past eight years. Through her research she has recreated 85 of Anna Pavlova’s performance costumes and couture in one-quarter scale.  
Anna Pavlova at the age of 15 when she was studying at the School of Imperial Ballet, St. Petersburg, Russia (1896). Anna was accepted to the school when she was 10-years old. - Costume recreation by Peggy Turchette 

Peggy Turchette graduated from our school with the certificate in foundational botanical illustration in 2007. 

In 2016 Peggy spoke to the botanical illustration community at our annual graduation ceremony and described how her 20-year career as botanical illustrator became a bridge to her work in creating the historically informed costumes of Anna Pavlova.
If you are visiting Boulder, CO please plan to see this extraordinary display which closes on January 12, 2020.
The Dying Swan, premiered at the Mariinsky Theathre, St. Petersburg, 1907 - Anna Pavlova costume recreation by Peggy Turchette
In addition to the Anna's clothing Peggy also recreated the pets - this is Anna Pavlova with her pets at Ivy House, Golden Green, London 1912
"The Legend of Azyiode" from "Oriental Fantasies" Danced with Michail Mordkin, Denver, 1914 - Costume recreation by Peggy Turchette
Note: Please click the images to enlarge!

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