Interview with Ballerina Lou Spichtig, Queensland Ballet
Why are the brand new pointe shoes so uncomfortable? Are yours tailored and hand made? Pointe shoes are made to be hard and rigid in order to support your entire body weight on a platform only a few centimeters wide. I wear custom made Bloch pointe shoes now, and while it did take a long time to find the right fit, I now hardly have to do anything before wearing them.
Wochenlang habe ich mich auf den neuen Disney-Film, eine Neuinterpretation des berühmtesten Weihnachtsballetts NUSSKNACKER, gefreut. Als Primaballerina wurde die fantastische Misty Copeland vom American Ballet Theater angekündigt, als Partner der berühmt berüchtigte Sergei Polunin. Ein wirklich vielversprechende Projekt!
Interview with Daniel Mulligan, Soloist at Ballet Zurich
First of all, congratulations on your nomination as a brilliant Mephisto by Dance Europe!
You have been with the Ballett Zurich for 11 years. What were the most important steps of your career?
The first job which was offered to me after ballet school was a contract with the Junior Ballet in Zurich in 2007. Heinz Spoerli, the ballet director at that time, pushed me quite a lot and gave me some good opportunities and small roles. After 2 years I was offered a position as „Gruppe mit Solo“ in the main company which means being a dancer in the Corps de Ballet of Ballet Zurich with some solo roles. I was very surprised that Heinz Spoerli appreciated me that much.
As we all know breaking in new shoes is hard work. Pointe shoes must be broken in to reach the perfect state. Many ballerinas destroy their brand new pointe shoes even before dancing in them.
Each ballerina has her own routine how to customize the fit and support her dancing style. Hours were spent on scraping, ripping, crushing, sewing, and burning, only to end up with a shoe that is uniquely tailored to the ballerina.