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    The Pavlova Project

    The Pavlova Project

    Dec. 6, 2019–Jan. 12, 2020

    Dance, costume, history, fashion, passion, all comes together in this unique exhibition featuring the fascinating work of artist Peggy Turchette. If you're looking for something to do with your kids or extended family over the holiday break, this is a must-see.

    The Pavlova Project, which will be on display at the Dairy Arts Center from December 6, 2019 to January 12, 2020, explores the life and art of ballerina Anna Pavlova (1881-1931), through re-creations of her costumes and couture — constructed, incredibly, at a one-quarter scale of the originals.

    Pavlova Swan

    What You'll See

    Eighty-five intricate, handmade works by Boulder artist Peggy Turchette will be displayed on 16-inch mannequins. The originals are lost to history, so the re-creations were made using original photographs, sketches, sculpture, film footage, paintings and written descriptions. The exhibit will be a rich visual story of Anna Pavlova that tells the remarkable story of her life while illuminating her art and the history of her times. 

    Pavlova a headdress


    Opening Reception for the Pavlova Project

    Dec. 6, 2019, 5–8pm
    Come see the Pavlova Project for free on opening night and be treated to live music and light fare. Drinks are available for purchase. It takes place in the spacious and airy lobby of the Dairy Arts Center

    Guided Tours of the Exhibition

    Dec. 12 and 19, 2019 and Jan. 2 and 9, 2020 at 5pm
    Join the Dairy Arts Center for "Wine and Wander," which includes guided tours of the Pavlova Project exhibit by docents from the Dairy Arts Center, along with a complimentary glass of wine. Tours start at 5pm and last about an hour. Reserve your free tickets.

    Artist Talk & Presentation

    Dec. 29, 2019, 3pm
    Hear from Peggy Turchette, the creator of The Pavlova Project, in a visual presentation that will explore the inspiration for her work, the life and art of Anna Pavlova. A Boulder Ballet ballerina will perform Pavlova's signature role, "The Swan." The dance will be accompanied by harp, cello and violin. The presentation is free (donation suggested), but seating is limited and reservations are suggested.

    Reserve a Spot

    There will also be a screening of the film "Anna Pavlova: a Woman for All Time" at the Boedecker Cinema. Date to be announced.

    ​About the Artist

    Peggy Turchette and her dogPeggy Turchette's self-directed design process is extraordinary. She sifts through hundreds of photographs of Pavlova dancing, posing in costume, wearing fashion or in candid moments with others.

    "I imagine her then — the living, breathing Pavlova — just before and after that photo was taken. I try to find some way to bring that precise moment back to life,” Turchette says.

    The process also involves a sketch of each part of the costume from various angles and choosing fabrics and tiny embellishments such as beads and ribbons. She constructs a paper pattern, a muslin prototype and finally the garment construction that is both machine and hand sewn and meticulously embellished. 

    Tickets and Program

    The exhibition in the McMahon Gallery at the Dairy Arts Center is free and open to the public during regular gallery hours. Ticketing for the artist's reception and other events will be available on the Dairy's website.

    Photos by Julia Vandenoever.