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Relive this classical ballet
The Adelaide Festival may have finished for 2019 but it is still possible to relive one of the highlights of a very impressive festival. An exhibition of costumes from the original 2004 production of the dance production Two Feet have kindly been donated by Meryl Tankard to the Performing Arts Collection at Adelaide Festival Centre in 2019.
Two Feet follows the stories of two dancers Olga and Mepsie played by one very versatile performer. Meryl Tankard choreographed and played the dancer in the original production 2004 production. The two dancers portrayed are Olga Spessivtzeva, a world famous Russian prima ballerina and Mepsie, an aspiring Australian ballerina. Both dancers present an insane and obsessive dedication to the rigours of classical ballet. The production is enhanced by the contrasting costumes, daring staging and alluring visuals. The evocative visual landscape was designed by visual artist Regis Lansac.
The 2019 Adelaide Festival production of Two Feet featured Natalia Osipova, the legendary principal artist with the Royal Ballet, with Osipova performing in the Olga tutu originally worn by Tankard. The famed Olga tutu was made by costumer Anthony Phillips.The exhibition features costumes by both featured dancers (Olga and Mepsie), in addition to original press clippings and programs.
Meryl Tankard is a world renowned Australian dancer and choreographer with a long resume of national and international awards. Adelaide was indeed fortunate to host the sold-out production of Two Feet in 2019. But there is still time to see many beautiful consumes and memorabilia at the Festival Centre.