DEGAS DANCER magnet’s versatility allows her to demonstrate numerous shapes and positions, and to clarify stylistic characteristics. A compelling teaching aid, she is at your command to demonstrate proper alignment as well as improper actions as non-threatening ways to make corrections. For example, let her show how misplacing one body part throws the rest of the body out of kilter. Also show common problems to correct such as
- hyper-extended knees,
- misplaced head/neck/chin alignment,
- floppy feet that are neither flexed nor pointed.
Connecting to Visual Art and Theatre: This magnet is inspired from Edgar Degas’ original bronze statue, The Little Dancer (La Petite Danseuse de Quatorze Ans; 1881). The statue was one of the first modern sculptures which incorporated mixed media (e.g., real clothing, slippers, and hair) all of which he covered in wax. When produced, the figure was not well-accepted. But today’s beloved dance sculpture–which are cast from Degas’ original molds–still wears a real tutu and a hair ribbon, which make each statue slightly unique.
This iconic Degas sculpture was brought to life on stage as the subject of an original musical production. The musical, “The Dancer,” brought this 1881 original sculpture to life on stage in the leading role to speak her mind after so many years of silence! The musical premiered in 2014 at Washington DC’s Kennedy Center for the Performing Arts to critical acclaim.
Shadow Puppet Magnet Specifications:
- 12″ tall
- Made of recycled material
- Playful, instructive, creative, addictive.
- Hinged joints in all the right places to allow smooth transitions between shapes
- Wears a filmy ballet skirt that’s also hinged
- Hinges make for magical movements with any contact point on the magnet when dragged through space to a new place.
- Unimaginable shapes result from creating static poses.
- Side profile puppet
Creative Designers: Rami Geller (puppet) and Linda Wang (video and action figures)
Notice: Product includes one Degas magnet. You supply a metal surface (e.g., refrigerator, file cabinet, “white board”). Light-colored surfaces are best due to color of magnet. The larger the surface, the greater the creative space. Also useable on smooth non-magnetized surfaces like tabletops, studio floors, desks.