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Odile tut from Swan Lake (1999) designed by Santo Loquasto

Santo Loquasto1999

The National Ballet of Canada

The National Ballet of Canada

This tutu has been worn by many artists who have mastered the dual role of Odette/Odile, including Chan Hon Goh, Jennifer Fournier and Greta Hodgkinson, who created the role. Former Artistic Director James Kudelka’s Swan Lake features dynamic choreography, which heightens the tension between the natural and the supernatural. This production restores the ballet to its full mythic power and traditional storyline while adapting it for a contemporary audience.
With striking designs by eminent set and costume designer Santo Loquasto, Kudelka’s Swan Lake explores gender roles and places male and female dancers on equal footing. The settings for the court scenes and the lakeside scenes are strongly contrasted: the court symbolizes patriarchy, masculinity and decay, while the lake represents a feminine space without rigid hierarchy. Loquasto and Kudelka consulted a number of sources for inspiration, including Bram Dijkstas’ Idols of Perversity: Fantasies of Feminine Evil in Fin-de-Siècle Culture, which features symbolic images of dark and mysterious women.

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