Pointe Shoes Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

Using an India Ink Artist Pen, I wrote ballet terms in French on the right shoe, and on the left shoe, all the ballets the Pittburgh Ballet Theatre has performed the past 40 years.  This pair of pointe shoes is on display at the Benedum this weekend and ballet goers can bid on them in a silent auction. The call was for artists to make an artwork using a pair of used pointe shoes, which you could pick up in the strip where they practice.  Just before I turned them in I took a quick photo of them in the car. They are in an acrylic box for display.  Update Saturday afternoon:  Just got a call that the shoes were selected to be in the top five! Chosen by Eric C Shiner, The Milton Fine Curator of Art at the Warhol Museum! Invited to a Swan Lake Soiree Cast Party tomorrow afternoon.  I am excited!

Artwork for the Silent Auction Fundraiser at Swan Lake
Ballet terms in French on right shoe, Repertoire on the left shoe

11 thoughts on “Pointe Shoes Pittsburgh Ballet Theatre

  1. Ruth, this is beautiful! I was a ballet dancer for 15 years, I always loved the smooth satin of the pointe shoes and the ribbons when they were brand new. It was so exciting getting new pointe shoes! Then, after wear and tear, they looked even better, like you acomplished something based on how worn they were. It was such a great feeling! Thanks for the memory.

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