The One With Ballet Silkscreen Posters

If you have followed The Ballet Bag for a while then you already know we love juxtaposing pop culture and ballet and looking at this art form through younger, fresher eyes. You also probably know most of our post titles are taken from rock songs (well if you didn’t, now you do).

We love indie rock and gig posters. We are always looking for limited edition prints to add to our collection, especially those designed by artists like Ames Bros and Tara McPherson. So when thinking of something special for our 1 year “birthday” bash we had the idea to bring together ballet and indie rock art, creating the first ballet “Gig poster” ever.

We took this concept, along with the idea of “giving Ballet a New Spin”, to our fabulous designer João Ferraz. He came up with this awesome drawing:

Then we found some amazing printers, Luma Studio to help us execute the project. Here we leave you with an exclusive, behind-the-scenes, look at how the posters were made:

The intricate screen printing process involves multiple layers of ink. The first layer of white (corresponding to the washing machine and the tutu in the drawing above) goes into 270gsm thick vellum paper

Now the acid orange is ready to go in

Each colour must be thoroughly dry before the next layer can be applied

Test prints with the two final colours: shades of purple-ish/blue. The more colours are added, the more expensive the print becomes

Any imperfections are corrected by hand

After drying they are almost ready…

Now each of these brightly shining goodies needs to be individually checked…

… signed and numbered

Screen prints have a lovely porous texture, here are some macro shots

Let’s carry on with the numbering fun. As you can see, these are the coolest ballet posters ever. How can you get your hands on one? Join our Ballet-Mad Libs promotion! Entries from all over the globe are welcome.

Alternatively, to register your interest in purchasing a poster contact us by email.

Good luck to all participants!

Thanks and credits:

  • Designs by João Ferraz (joaoferraz(AT)
  • Printing by Lucie & Mark, Luma Studio (studioluma(AT)
  • Photos by © The Ballet Bag and © Luma Studio

Likes ballets that taste like 85% cocoa: pure, extra bitter, dark or intense. Her favorites are La Sylphide, Manon, Mayerling, Ondine, Symphonic Variations and McGregor's Chroma. Her favorite Ratmansky ballets are: The Little Humpbacked Horse, Russian Seasons, Cinderella and The Shostakovich Trilogy. She is always ready to chase new Ratmanskys around the globe. Non ballet: literature, theatre, opera, rock, art, food, travel, fashion, translating and interpreting.


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  • May 20, 2010


    Thank you ladies, we’re glad the poster is generating so much interest as we’d love to be able to do more designs in the future!



  • May 16, 2010


    Wow! Who knew it was such an intricate process! Thanks for all your commitment and love for the art.

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  • May 4, 2010


    Dear Bag Ladies,
    Congratulations on your first of many years! The poster is really cool.
    I am sure it will become a collector’s item.

  • April 27, 2010


    Glad you like Catherine, we adore the texture of silkscreens! We look forward to your madlibs entry : )

  • April 25, 2010

    Catherine L. Tully

    This is soooo cool! It’s similar to silkscreening t-shirts, a process I just learned recently. Love it!