How Did They Do That?or Did They Really Do That?
Posted 26 August 2003 - 07:40 AM
Posted 26 August 2003 - 07:50 AM
i'll try to look up the book and illustration and cite it further when i find time.
others may know more specifics here, and/or have had experience w/ such effects on stage or w/ literature concerning stage 'machinery.'
Posted 26 August 2003 - 07:57 AM
Posted 26 August 2003 - 08:02 AM
so thanks for the prompt. i'm very glad to know this.
in any case fonteyn's explication, not overly detailed but clear, is on p. 155 of the knopf version of 'magic of the dance' and the text carries on to p. 158, w/ the print of taglioni - on p. 159.
the print, btw, reveals much poetic license: all indication of any device/mechanism is absent and marie t. appears to have alighted, w/ no visible means of support, on the center of a delicate and tiny rose. my hunch is that the device was actually concealed in an arrangement of petals and that most of the foot (or at least the shoe's toe-tip) was hidden by the petal disguised device. but i'm only guessing.
Posted 26 August 2003 - 02:02 PM
Posted 26 August 2003 - 03:23 PM
Otherwise, lithographs were very much poetic licence.
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