"When Things Go Wrooong"(Stage disasters. What, who, when...)
Posted 26 April 2008 - 01:02 PM
Posted 26 April 2008 - 04:00 PM
Considering how complex most productions, it's actually a miracle when everything goes RIGHT. I've just returned from the final (of 8) Met HD-Live performances this season -- a staggeringly wonderful, beautifully sung and directed, and genuinely funny Fille du Regiment with Dessay and Florez. At dinner, we were talking about how problem-free these simulcasts seem to have been. You have to be willing to discount the occasional glimpse of a robot camera sailing across the down stage, but otherwise ...
Posted 01 May 2008 - 03:56 PM
To his credit, his smile after he extricated himself (there was a moment where he looked as if he might have been suffocating, and then he yanked it off and tossed it down) was not so *much* rueful as entertained, which allowed the audience to laugh with him.
Posted 01 May 2008 - 05:45 PM
Posted 02 May 2008 - 09:20 AM
The cape was obviously so big and heavy that it required quite a bit of strength, as well as coordination, to keep it moving. Hmmmm... at the time, I thought it would have been wise to use a lighter fabric, but reading your comment, I'm thinking Ib Anderson and Olga Evreinoff may, too, have seen their share of timid torreodors!
Posted 01 March 2009 - 08:58 PM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 04:28 AM
Any other shoe complications out there?
Posted 02 March 2009 - 06:12 AM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 11:18 AM
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Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:07 PM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:14 PM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 12:31 PM
Posted 02 March 2009 - 02:07 PM
I was there, too. It was frightening, as was the Scotch Symphony in which Jean-Pierre Bonnefous fell and was unable to finish the performance.
And then there was the NYCB performance of Ballo in which Robert Weiss snapped his Achilles tendon and hobbled off stage leaving Merrill Ashely to finish the ballet alone. Happily he was able to dance again. But later that same evening in Fancy Free, one of the beer mugs broke and the dancer playing the bartender went off stage, got a real broom and dustpan and cleaned it up. It was a lively evening.
The last movement proceeded with the corps framing, at times, nothing. McBride performed her unpartnered entrances and may have improvised a little (I wasn't familiar enough with the ballet then to have known for sure), never hinting the anxiety she must have been feeling. The audience, aware that it was her her husband who had just injured himself rather seriously, gave her an extra appreciative ovation.
Bonnefous, too, eventually returned to dance, but like Weiss, a reduced repertoire and schedule.
Posted 03 March 2009 - 06:58 AM
SFB's new production of Swan Lake uses a projection of a huge moon as part of the scenery for acts 2, 3, and 4. Saturday night, when the curtain went up on act 3 -- no moon! After about 10 seconds it appeared, and probably anyone who hadn't seen the production before even noticed.
I could just imagine backstage someone frantically miming, 'Quick, somebody turn on the moon!', and on stage, the dancers wondering, 'What time is the next moon?'
Posted 03 March 2009 - 08:13 AM
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