The Sternberg Clarchives: Ballet Pole and Bodypainted People

July 02, 2011



It's all well and good wittering on about recent events and new acts, but what about the older events? Are they doomed to be lost in the mists of time or, worse, the cavernous pit that is our picture library. So every once in a while, wouldn't it be nice to talk about a past event that may have happened out of the remit of the mighty blog? It would wouldn't it.


Our client was organizing a fundraising event at Sothebys for St Petersberg’s Hermitage Museum (Russia) and wanted a piece of pre-dinner entertainment to open the evening’s proceedings. We put together a 6 minute bespoke performance incorporating Chinese pole and ballet. The music, which was The Swan’s Theme from Swan Lake mixed into Michael Buble’s ‘Feeling Good’ was specially arranged for the event, and we also customised the costumes, adding Swarovski crystals individually by hand to the dancers’ corsets.


After dinner there was a silent auction, in which, an original work of Matisse was to be auctioned. So, taking inspiration from some of Matisses’s iconic and more abstract works including “Dance” and “Spray of Leaves,” our artists created body painted designs for our models which were then applied onto the models on site. We then positioned the models at the entrance for guests’ arrival holding gilt frames creating a sort of human work of art.


If you're interested in mixing things up at your next corporate event and you're looking for ideas feel free to get in touch on 020 8877 1102