From L to R
Image 1. Here they are in all their shiny, new glory! The fresh pointe shoe smell, like freshly cut grass or a brand new car interior. Untouched by a dancer's pointe shoe break in process, each completely unique to a dancer's individual needs. There’s something so special about a new pair of shoes. Ready and waiting to begin the journey through a hard working life, holding up an entire human body with ease and grace. These shoes have a particularly special journey ahead, for these shoes will carry me on my toes through sand and soil, on concrete, through water and through leaves as I dance through nature creating a special choreographed piece of my own for Queensland Ballet .
Image 2. Time for these pointes to get match-ready! Preparation begins with the sewing of ribbons and elastics…with dental floss of course. Dental floss used as thread chosen partly for good luck but mostly for its incredible strength and ease to sew with. Sewn, insole cut in half, sides hammered soft, toe satin cut off and the shoes bent in every direction. These pointes are ready for action!
Image 3. From daily ballet class in my makeshift garage studio, to countless outdoor locations, these shoes have navigated many forms of terrain with ease! They are so wonderfully worn in and weather beaten that they feel like comfy slippers. I hate to admit it, but despite their now rather rugged appearance, I think there’s still some life in them, albeit a short life.
Image 4. I have developed a love for these shoes. They have carried me through an incredibly fulfilling creative process. They are part of my performance and the story that is seen in their worn edges is art work in itself. Evidence of their part in my creation.