Noisy point shoes
Posted 23 June 2005 - 09:43 AM
Posted 24 June 2005 - 02:02 AM
Yes, the Kirov company is the worst offender, for some reason the rival Bolshoi isn't half as bad, but even within the Kirov I can think of one dancer who dances silently.
Having just returned from the Bournonville Festival I can confirm that silent dancing is the norm with the Danes - and no thuds from the men there when they jump either.
Posted 25 June 2005 - 08:32 AM
Take a look at the sister board "BalletTalk for Dancers." On that board is an entire forum strictly about pointe shoes. There are many requests every day from dancers and parents asking for assistance in the quest for the "perfect" shoe. Feet come in a variety of shapes, structure and strength; just as the rest of the human body. Pointe shoes also come in a variety of shapes, structure and strength. Some dancers feet are amenable to many different shoes, others search for years and end up "making do;" choosing the shoe with the fewest negatives. In my daughter's experience, she was only able to wear Grishkos (stronger boxes), when she developed enough strength in her feet to handle them.
Additionally, different shoes are used for different styles of ballet. My daughter will only wear Grishkos when taking class from a Russian instructor; and she will only wear Freeds when taking class from Ms. Farrell. For any other instuctors, she will wear what ever shoes she has sewn that aren't "dead."
That said, if she is going to wear Griskos, she takes them outside and bangs a portion of the box against the cement to soften it so it won't be noisy. When she dances in her "banged" Grishkos they are just as quiet as her Freeds!
Posted 25 June 2005 - 09:36 AM
A number of topics on the forum raise and address -- directly and indirectly -- issues that are pertinent to the thread:
1. How much leeway does a young dancer have to choose, particularly those who are trained from children in the institutional training schools like POB, Bolshoi, Maryinski, Royal Ballet School, Royal Danish Ballet, where their first pointe instruction is in the school itself, vs. most of the schools in the US, where many to most of the pre-professional students come to the schools with beginning pointe training from elsewhere?
2. What is the institutional pressure to change in schools and in companies?
3. How much do individual teachers influence shoe choice?
4. How does the shoe choice affect physiological development, strength?
5. How accommodating are various shoe types to special needs (unusually shaped feet, bunions, etc.)?
Posted 06 July 2005 - 09:06 AM
UBA students are allowed to wear whatever they like, and I believe the same is true at POB. The Kirov and Bolshoi theaters make their own shoes, which I believe the students wear as well, although that may have changed.
Posted 06 July 2005 - 10:19 AM
Posted 13 July 2005 - 08:09 AM
Posted 13 July 2005 - 09:48 AM
Perhaps it's just a mistake by the soundguy that misplaced the microphones, but It's really disturbing and at several times it could be heard over the music, I really would prefer to have no stagesound at all.
Posted 16 July 2005 - 08:52 PM
Posted 17 July 2005 - 03:44 AM
Posted 17 July 2005 - 05:51 AM
Edit: Someone's already said that! But I think more manufacturers are beginning to pad the pleats of the shoes - the pleats of Bloch Serenade II are padded. And in Russia, aren't dancers taught to spring onto pointe rather than roll there? Could that have somehting to do with anything?
Posted 18 July 2005 - 07:53 PM
My daughter trained at a ballet school whose female head had the same pet peeve as mine - which is probably where I picked it up :yes: She insisted that the dancers in her student company have quiet shoes. Daughter and friends spent lots of time working on their shoes. They have carried that ethic on into their post-school dancing.
I may be an extreme case when it comes to loud shoes. I've always been that way about errant sounds. I took classical guitar lessons as a child and was taught to avoid that squeaky sound that occurs while sliding up one's fingers up and down the fretboard. When I hear recordings with those fret sounds, I wince. It disturbs the mood of the music so much that I can't get past it. Ditto the sound of pointe shoes in a ballet performance. It interrupts the mood so much for me that there are times when I can't overcome it enough to enjoy the ballet!
Posted 28 July 2005 - 02:08 PM
P.S. It's interesting that of the 7 dancers interviewed for this article (including ABT, Danish, and Royal), only the NYCB dancer raises the noise issue.
Posted 29 July 2005 - 04:41 AM
Posted 29 July 2005 - 07:54 AM
I have been so impressed by the quiet shoes of the Bolshoi these past two weeks. So often, the anticipated clack! is a mere teep.
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