Posted 22 October 2004 - 06:25 AM
Posted 22 October 2004 - 07:06 AM
Posted 22 October 2004 - 07:20 AM
Apparently U.S. stages aren't raked, but Russian stages are. When the NYCB went on its first Cold War tour of the Soviet Union in 1962 dancers were apparently terrified of the raked stages at first, as one can tell from both Villela's and Kent's delightful memoirs.
Allegra Kent notes that even the studio floors in the Bolshoi were raked at the same angle as the main stage.
Posted 22 October 2004 - 07:57 AM
Posted 22 October 2004 - 08:10 AM
Villella says of his Donizetti Variations solo, which he had to encore in Russia, that the diagonal coming back up the second time was a "major problem".....
Gelsey Kirkland also talks about them. I believe the time she slid across the stage in Giselle Act II all the way to the feet of "the astonished Martine von Hamel, Queen of the Wilis" occurred on a raked European stage.
Posted 22 October 2004 - 08:09 PM
Posted 22 October 2004 - 08:43 PM
Posted 23 October 2004 - 04:36 AM
I wonder if the stages of the previous Paris Operas (e.g. that of the Rue Le Peletier) were raked too ?
Posted 26 October 2004 - 12:16 PM
By the way, if a dancer has difficulties or falls on a raked stage, this is referred to as "the rake's progress"
Posted 26 October 2004 - 05:02 PM
Ostrich, on Oct 26 2004, 04:16 PM, said:
Posted 10 June 2008 - 11:18 PM
"raked stage, which is unusually steep, made my long solo dance even more difficult. I found it very difficult to keep my balance as the dance progressed, and I was always afraid of falling into the orchestra pit." page 58Wouldn't Massine have been use to dancing on raked stages, coming from Russia? Why would the Opera's stage be considered "unusually steep"?
Posted 11 June 2008 - 05:24 AM
Posted 11 June 2008 - 07:17 AM
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