A dozen students enrolled in the Professional Program at L’École supérieure de ballet du Québec performed a very special choreography at the Montreal Museum of Fine Arts for the unveiling of the Little Dancer Aged Fourteen. This sculpture by Edgar Degas is part of the A History of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark exhibition.
Last Tuesday, our ballerinas gave a short performance in front of the sculpture for the benefit of the thirty or so reporters in attendance. “This initiative reflects the MMFA’s desire to attract new audiences, not only lovers of the visual arts, but also those who are fond of other art forms such as dance,” explained Lili Marin, communications and marketing manager at L’École supérieure.
Teacher Anne Dryburgh developed a choreography designed to showcase the work of French artist Edgar Degas.
" Paradoxically, this sculpture is now considered the archetype of a gracefull ballerina ", said Nathalie Bondil. " And yet this utterly revolutionnary piece was completely misunderstood at first. In addition to the scandalous realism achieved by his extraordinary use of real clothing, it was exhibited by Degas in 1881 in a showcase, like a specimen in the zoologica museum of contemporary Paris ! Because of her arrogant pose, this « flower of the gutter » was seen as an abominable depiction of the vice that took many of the very poor to their graves. Like Renoir, Whistler and Huysmans, few art lovers appreciated it, save for a new elite of American collectors who were the first to understand the modernism of this contemporary art. "
The exhibition A History of Impressionism: Great French Paintings from the Clark exhibition is presented from October 13, 2012 to January 20, 2013.
The little dancers
Yu Fei Liu
Audrey-Anne Arteau Maya Robitaille-Lopez
Mia Lapierre Poirier
Sandrine Bissonnette Robitaille
Photo : Pierre Longtin