Just this past season, I loved Robert LaFosse's bows when he was Von Rotbart in City Ballet's Swan Lake. For a Saturday matinee, he walked onstage slowly, slowly, slowly, glaring at the audience like the bad guy in some ancient melodrama. The audience, appropriately, booed and hissed, then burst into applause. It wasn't quite in the mood of the ballet, but I admired his sense of fun.
Taking a bow
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Posted 08 March 2000 - 11:55 AM
There are also some set rules about how low to bow, as Andrei said. For example, in Russia, the ballerina *never* went down to her knee unless the czar or another member of the royal family was there. Danilova wrote about how she now sees everyone go down to her knee no matter what. (A bit exaggerrated, but she gets her point across).
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