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So much work goes into producing a spectacle for the audience, says Chihiro Uchida, Singapore Dance Theatre’s principal artist, who offers a glimpse into the responsibilities and team effort behind the glamour and glitter of ballet新加坡舞蹈剧场舞者内田千裕最初学舞，是因为喜欢漂
Girls are often drawn to ballet because of the pretty costumes and glittery makeup that ballerinas wear. That was certainly the case for Chihiro Uchida, the principal artist at the Singapore Dance Theatre.
She typically wears more accessories than your average performer on stage, for she is the female lead after all.
“I would choose accessories that are shinier and more reflective so that even if the audience cannot see them clearly they would be able to see the light reflected in the eyes, on the face or on the clothes,” says Uchida. “It lights up the entire person and with a little more shine, one’s confidence levels soar too.”
Her words bring to mind the ballet Jewels written by George Balanchine in 1967, a piece that was inspired by the work of jeweller Van Cleef & Arpels. Each of the three acts in Jewels has a gem theme: emerald, ruby and diamond. To say the work is dazzling is an understatement.
The marriage between ballet and jewellery is a wonderful story in the global history of art. Uchida herself has graced the runway as a jewellery model at Singapore Fashion Week on two occasions.
On stage, Uchida is careful with what she wears, so they would not swing about and interfere with her performance. She typically pins long necklaces to her costume, and avoids heavy or long earrings.
Dancers both male and female are responsible for their own performance make-up, from their foundation to the final touches. Only when technically difficult looks are required are professional make-up artists called in.
“Our stage make-up may look very strong and dramatic when seen up close. This is