Friday, March 1, 2013

"Making It Perfect"

Original oil painting on canvas board
Young Dancer in blue Tutu

The word 'tutu' has its origins in the theatre audience. Those who bought cheaper tickets sat in a section located in the lower part of the theatre. This area gave the patrons sitting there a different view than the rest of the audience; they could often see under the ballerinas' skirts and see their bottoms. This led to a lot of talk and eventually, the French baby talk word for this part of the ballerina, "cucu," became "tutu".

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