DID YOU KNOW?
A lot of planning and resources go into producing OBT ballet. Production costs include: licensing and repetiteur
fees, design fees, and music rights. Production costs do not include the dancers’ rehearsal time, stage hand time, rental fees for theater and costumes, staff time, etc.
- Production costs for a ballet like Lambarena come to $25,000.
- Production costs for world premiere ballets ranges from $100,000 to $2,000,000.
Pictured: Nicolo Fonte choreographing the world premiere of his Bolero (February 2008).
POINTE SHOE FACTS
One pair of pointe shoes costs about $80 and typically lasts for only 8-12 hours.
- Last year alone OBT purchased over 1,500 pairs of pointe shoes at a cost of $120,000.
- All OBT dancers wear shoes from FREED of London, the world’s premiere pointe shoe manufacturer. Cobblers at FREED custom craft our dancers’ shoes to suit each ballerina’s particular specifications and preferences.
- A Principal Dancer will often wear one new pair of shoes in every single performance. For very demanding roles, like Odette/Odile, it is not unusual for a ballerina to go through multiple pairs of shoes in one evening.
- Pointe shoes are constructed with layers of Satin Burlap, tissue paper, flour paste, reinforced cardboard and leather.
- Young dancers must study ballet for 4-5 years before going en pointe; it requires a great deal of strength in the legs, ankles, and feet as well as strong turnout. Most young dancers get their first pair of pointe shoes around the age of 11 or 12.
Every tutu takes approximately 140 hours to make by hand and costs about $2,000.
- One tutu requires about 120 yards of tulle – if you lay it out, that’s longer than a football field.
- Last year OBT made 22 new tutus, which cost the company over $44,000.
Pictured Right: Underside of tutu built by OBT's Wardrobe Department for Yuri Possokhov's Raymonda (June 2008).
OBT provides a Physical Therapy Program for all company dancers, bringing some of Portland’s best chiropractors, physical therapists, acupuncturists and massage therapists to the studio and theater to treat injuries and manage injury prevention. This program costs the company $40,000 - $50,000 every year.