Dancer Spotlight: Elizabeth Murphy

On any given day, Pacific Northwest Ballet’s rehearsal studios are filled with ballerinas decked out in a rainbow of colorful, innovative leotards—many designed and hand-sewn by principal dancer Elizabeth Murphy. Murphy didn’t grow up sewing. In fact, she didn’t even know how to run a sewing machine until she was 18. She didn’t want toMore »

The Incredible Costumes of The Most Incredible Thing

New York City Ballet resident choreographer Justin Peck has balletomanes everywhere on the edge of their seat, impatiently awaiting the premiere of his first narrative work, The Most Incredible Thing. Based on a Hans Christian Andersen fairytale, the ballet will feature dozens of NYCB dancers and students from SAB (the cast numbers more than 50!).More »

The Magic of the ROH Costume Shop

There are tutus. And then there’s everything else. How do you design period costumes that are 1) recognizable to the audience and 2) possible to dance in? For The Royal Ballet’s Elizabeth, starring Carlos Acosta and RB principal Zenaida Yanowsky, the ROH costume department had to create iconic, Tudor-era clothing that could respond to aMore »