Posted 15 May 2005 - 07:26 PM
Posted 16 May 2005 - 06:54 AM
Catalabutte, Cheif Master of Ceremonies - Mr. Stukolkin (Timofei Alexseyvich Stukolkin [1829-94], a leading character dancer at the Maryinsky, would eventually perform as Drosselmeier)
wiley's translation of catalabutte's first appearnce in the ballet reads as follows:
"Catalabutte, surrounded by coutriers, verifiest he list of invitations sent to the fairies. Everything has been done according to the king's command, and is ready for the celebration. The court is in full attendance; any moment they expectthe king and queen, and also the arrival of the invited fairies."
Posted 16 May 2005 - 09:09 AM
This action makes me so queasy that when the scene is imminent I look away because I can't bear to watch it. When the hair-costuming and acting is well done, it seems so much like a real scalping. I could do without that part, integral to the story as it is!
Posted 16 May 2005 - 11:12 AM
wiley's translation of the original 1890 libretto puts the action this way:
'Carabosse mocks [Catalabutte, who has just fallen at the evil fairy's feet, begging forgivness and promising to serve her faithfully until the end of his days], laughing, and entertains herself by pulling out tufts of his hair and throwing them to her rats, who devour them. Soon Catalabutte's head is completely bald."
in the recently released US telecast of THE SLEEPING BEAUTY (by VAI) ashton's carabosse is recorded pulling out tufts of catalabutte's hair, neatly on the rhythm of the music tchaikovsky wrote to underscore the scene.
Posted 16 May 2005 - 01:45 PM
Of course you're right -- thanks for the speedy correction! I guess my image of Carabosse doing the ghastly deed got transmogrified in my mind to the King, who does interact with Catalabutte, but indeed as a good King, to console him.
i haven't seen the boston staging but traditionally it is carabosse who pulls the hair from catalabutte's head.
In different videos I have seen it done different ways (when I was still looking at the act ). It's been shown as one abrupt removal of hair down the middle, from front of scalp to back, as well as the way you describe in your post, the pulling out of tuft after tuft until the poor fellow is completely bald.
Posted 16 May 2005 - 01:51 PM
Posted 21 May 2005 - 06:22 PM
Fortunately, the Boston Ballet's Catalabutte was merely reprimanded by the king, although Carabosse did manage to box his ear. It's odd that the infant Aurora should be the primary object of her wrath, after Catalabutte confessed his guilt to her (in the BB version, anyway). But I suppose if Carabosse had turned him into a toad and but spared Aurora we wouldn't have much of a ballet.
Still, I sympathize with Catalabutte. If only his office's budget hadn't been cut...
Posted 22 May 2005 - 02:31 AM
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