AL­LI­SON FOAT

House and Leisure (South Africa) - - Contributor -

A for­mer bal­le­rina, Al­li­son is now a free­lance travel and life­style writer and the­atre pub­li­cist. She says she’s in­spired by her home city of Cape Town as well as su­perb in­no­va­tion, and for this is­sue, in­ter­viewed South African-born fra­grance vi­sion­ary Eti­enne de Swardt at his store in the Marais district of Paris (page 34). What’s your favourite art form? Clas­si­cal bal­let in the style of 20th-cen­tury chore­og­ra­pher Ge­orge Balan­chine. Who are some of your favourite South African

artists? Vladimir Tretchikoff, Clau­dia Lieben­berg and Claire Gunn. Dream gal­leries or mu­se­ums around the world you’d like to visit? MONA in Tas­ma­nia, the Po­tala Palace in Ti­bet and Vi­ta­min Cre­ative Space in Bei­jing. If money were no ob­ject, what work of art would you treat your­self to? Tretchikoff’s ‘Lady from Ori­ent’. What’s your ear­li­est art-re­lated mem­ory? An 1874 paint­ing by Edgar De­gas called ‘The Bal­let Class’ that I first saw when I was six years old. I fan­cied my­self as a bal­le­rina from that mo­ment on.

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