By Elodie, Luna, and Mélissa, BP21
This year, our BP21 class along with our floral arrangement teacher Ms Ghislaine Caze chose to produce the “Nutcracker” theme for the Christmas decorations at the Floral Park of Vincennes. Every year, the exhibition is held in Pavilion 18, the largest space in the park, measuring 400m ². Our “Nutcracker” proposal was accepted by the school and ultimately by the management of the Floral Park.
The event takes place for 6 weeks during the Christmas period. Our class started on the construction of the reproduction on Monday, November 5th and the work will take a period of 4 weeks, combining the talents of our apprentices from different classes on different days.
As for our class, we firstly wanted to represent the ballet in 5 parts, which gave us 5 working groups:
1) The Waltz of the Flowers
2) The Dance of the Mice
4) The Sugar Plum Fairies
5) The Frozen Winter
Each ballet will be composed of 10 dancers with each group of dancers having a different dance position.
Step One: Construction of the structure for the dancers
We fixed cleats in the center of the logs with brackets and screws in order to hold up a leg and the bust of the dancer.
We covered the legs, body, and arms of the dancers with flat wool, which gave solidity.
We inflated balloons and then wrapped them in string. In order for the string to harden and consolidate when the balloon is deflated, we dipped them in hot water and a starchy glue. Once dried after a two-week period, we will be able to place them onto the dancers’ bodies.